Lucas Leiva could finally be on his way out of Liverpool with Stoke City said to be interested in bringing the midfielder in on deadline day, according to the Daily Star.
Mark Hughes is said to be interested in adding more experience to his squad and see’s the 30-year-old as the ideal player for the role.
The Brazilian has featured sporadically for the Merseyside club since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival and could be seeking more Premier League minutes as he approaches the twilight years of his career.
However, it is reported that the Reds will reject any advances for Lucas as they see his versatility as vital to the squad; he can play in both defence and midfield.
The former Gremio man is currently Liverpool’s longest serving player having joined from the Brazilian club in 2007.
Despite this, Lucas has started only three Premier League games all season and is now growing frustrated with his lack of opportunities.
“I have always been very honest in terms of the trust with him. I had a few options to go.
“I have to think about my long term. I know I don’t have many years left here [at Liverpool]. I have to start to think about it.
“Liverpool is a place I love. But this is more about thinking about my future as well. Game time – things like I this. I have to deal with it.”
“The manager and I have a fantastic relationship. I have learnt a lot from him and he is someone I appreciate working with.
“I am learning all the time. It is not just in terms of football, I am learning from him as a man.”
Lucas recently scored his first goal in over six years in the FA Cup replay away to Plymouth Argyle.