Liverpool appear to have made an increased offer for Celtic defender Efe Ambrose, after the Glasgow side admitted there was significant interest in the player.
The 24-year-old starred in Nigeria’s march to the African Cup of Nations title, and his performances alerted a number of big clubs to his potential.
Ambrose has been a rock for Celtic all season, in both the SPL and Champions League. He is also seen as a very versatile player, as he can operate in midfield as well as in the back four. Ambrose had a disappointing game against Juventus in the Champions League, but the experience of playing against top European sides is one that he will have learned from.
Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers needs to sign a quality centre back to replace the retiring Jamie Carragher and Ambrose appears to be the man that he has his sights set on. The player has already openly stated he would welcome a move to the Premiership, and despite interest from both Swansea and Sunderland, Liverpool would be his preferred choice.
While Neil Lennon would be disappointed to lose his star defender, Ambrose should net the club around £6 million, which would allow Celtic the chance to retain other sought after players like Gary Hooper and Fraser Forster. Ambrose is contracted at Celtic Park till 2015, but a move to Liverpool is still very much on the cards.