Liverpool and Tottenham in "advanced talks" in race to win 'free' transfer race
Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly is on the brink of a pivotal career move as he opts not to extend his contract with the Cherries.
As the summer transfer window looms, clubs will be putting plans into place to ensure they complete their incomings as quickly as possible.
What's the transfer latest on Lloyd Kelly to Liverpool?
Lloyd Kelly is edging closer to an exit from the Cherries as he reportedly has no intention of extending his contract with the club.
According to Les Bons Conceil Du Sports editor Seb Ecrivain Foot, Kelly is in advanced discussions with both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the summer transfer window.
Translated, their tweet reads: " Exclusive: Lloyd Kelly will refuse to extend his contract with Bournemouth. Free this summer, the defender is in advanced discussions with Liverpool and Tottenham.
"To be continued."
When does his contract expire?
The 25-year-old Englishman's contract with Bournemouth is set to expire at the end of the current season, and he is determined to explore his options as a free agent. Despite Bournemouth's attempts to persuade him to stay, Kelly seems intent on moving on to pastures new.
While Tottenham have long been linked with Kelly, it appears that Liverpool are now serious rivals in the race for his signature.
Why do Liverpool need to sign a new centre-back?
With uncertainties surrounding the futures of Liverpool defenders Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk, Kelly's arrival could bolster the Reds' defensive options for the upcoming campaign.
Kelly's versatility, including his ability to operate as a left-back, makes him an attractive proposition for Liverpool.
However, the managerial transition at Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp set to depart at the end of the season, could potentially sway Kelly's decision. While he remains a target for Liverpool, the allure of joining Spurs or other suitors may increase if the next Reds boss does not share Klopp's enthusiasm for the Bournemouth star.
Despite the competition for his signature, Kelly's availability on a free transfer is expected to attract interest from several clubs in England and beyond.
As the summer approaches, a fascinating battle for the services of Lloyd Kelly is poised to unfold in the transfer market.