Liverpool are ready to make a £12 million bid for Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole after it was revealed that Xabi Alonso has handed in a written transfer request.
The England under-21 international has been strongly linked with a move away from the JJB Stadium in recent days, with both Arsenal and Sunderland understood to be interested.
Cattermole, 21, only arrived at Wigan 12 months ago for just £3.5 million, however his terrific form for both club and country over the last year has seen his value rise significantly.
Rafa Benitez will obviously need to add another midfielder to the ranks at Anfield with Alonso now looking set for a £28 million move to Real Madrid and Cattermole to me, would be a quality addition. He is only young and I think with the right guidance, he will develop into one of the best midfielders in the country.
Latics chairman Dave Whelan has insisted that Cattermole will still be wearing the blue and white of Wigan next season, however with clubs like Liverpool now interested, I find it hard to imagine that they can hold onto him for too much longer.