Liverpool ponder raising Teixeira bid

Shakhtar Donetsk's Alex Teixeira (right) in action with Malmo's Erdal Rakip in Lviv, Ukraine, on Nov 3, 2015.
Shakhtar Donetsk's Alex Teixeira (right) in action with Malmo's Erdal Rakip in Lviv, Ukraine, on Nov 3, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Liverpool are considering raising their €32 million (S$49 million) bid for Alex Teixeira, as Juergen Klopp admitted that a new addition this month would have ramifications for his existing strikers in the summer.

Anfield officials remain in negotiations with Shakhtar Donetsk over Teixeira, despite disparities in their valuations of the 26-year-old being made clear during talks last week, with Shakhtar wanting €50 million for the Brazilian.

Klopp conceded on Friday that Liverpool's injury list had "changed everything", and plans for the summer had been advanced because of their problems in attack.

"We have to think about the situation now, who possibly can help, plus who can help us from next season on for the next three, four, five years," he said. "In the summer we will have to make decisions (on our strikers), that is normal."

Teixeira would be Klopp's most expensive signing at €32 million.

His biggest outlay at Borussia Dortmund was the €27.5 million signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, from Shakhtar in 2013.

THE GUARDIAN

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