There has been reports on the Daily Express website which have claimed Sunderland are going to try and offer stopper Simon Mignolet a new contract to ward off interest from Liverpool.

Liverpool are bracing themselves for bids for Pepe Reina come the end of the season, with Real Madrid and Barcelona declaring an interest in him.

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The Northern Echo ascertains Liverpool have scouts have already run the rule over Mignolet this season.

They also note that Mignolet’s departure wouldn’t be devastating for Martin O’Neill as he has a ready-made replacement in Kieren Westwood. (Daily Express)

Mignolet has been mightily impressive this season and is seemingly ready to make the step up to a bigger club and although Liverpool are not at the top of the game right now, it won’t be very long before they are up with the big boys again.