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Liverpool eye Fulham star Joao Palhinha as £60m Fabinho replacement - but left to sweat on shoulder injury

  • Liverpool interested in Palhinha
  • Fabinho set to depart
  • Portugal international dealing with injury

WHAT HAPPENED? The Evening Standard reports that there is interest from the Reds in signing Palhinha but he is currently dealing with a shoulder injury sustained in this week's pre-season friendly against Brentford. He may have suffered a dislocated shoulder and that would rule him out for a significant period of time, potentially scuppering any move away from Craven Cottage.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: West Ham have already had a £45 million ($57m) bid rejected for Palhinha as the Cottagers are holding out for £60m ($77m). Liverpool would be able to afford that, and would likely feel emboldened to move if and when Fabinho departs. The Brazilian is in talks over a £40m ($51m) move to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Liverpool have also been linked with a potential move to sign Cheick Doucoure from Crystal Palace, and they may have to focus on other targets if Palhinha's injury is confirmed to be serious.

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WHAT NEXT? Liverpool and Fulham will wait anxiously to find out if Palhinha is fit enough to complete a transfer this summer.