SUNDERLAND’S determination to hang on to star man Simon Mignolet is believed to be on the verge of being tested by Liverpool.
Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers is thought to have been given the go-ahead to make a £6.5m bid for the Belgian, the Black Cats’ Player of the Season.
There has been plenty of speculation about big clubs interest in Mignolet, with Arsenal being the one mentioned most regularly.
But Liverpool’s interest, reported in the Sunday People, appears to be the first genuine move of the summer, with the Merseysiders making what they see as a realistic offer for the 24-year-old who was bought to the Stadium of Light from St Truiden in a £2m deal in 2010.
Liverpool were supposed to want either Stoke’s Asmir Begovic or Mignolet to replace long-serving Pepe Reina, who is due to leave this summer.
But Mignolet now appears to be in pole position in Rodgers’ thinking.
Liverpool are determined to challenge strongly for a Champions League spot next season and Rodgers has already moved quickly to sign Man City defender Kolo Toure and Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas.
The People also reports that if their bid for Mignolet is unsuccessful, they will look at signing Real Madrid keeper, 31-year-old Diego Lopez.
Rodgers is likely to be disappointed in his pursuit of Mignolet though.
They do not want him to leave, but if he were, they would value him at over £10m.
And Mignolet is unlikely to be enticed away from a club he is happy at, unless perhaps there was the lure of Champions League football.