Date: 31st January 2017 at 1:37pm
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Stoke City are keeping tabs on Liverpool midfielder Lucas ahead of a potential deadline day move for the former Brazilian international, according to The Daily Star.

The 30-year-old has struggled for gametime under Jurgen Klopp this term, making just three starts in the Premier League, and a further 14 appearances in all competitions.

And, with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, and Georginio Wijnaldum all ahead of him in the pecking order, Lucas may seek a move away from Anfield on deadline day, and Mark Hughes’ Potters are reportedly looking to bring the Reds man in before this evening’s 11pm deadline.

The former Brazilian international, who was capped 24 times by his country between 2007 and 2013, has played over 200 Premier League games for Liverpool since signing for the club in 2007, and would certainly add more depth to an ever-improving Stoke squad.

Hughes’ men are looking to improve on three successive ninth place finishes in the Premier League by going at least one better this season and, given that they are currently ninth with just 16 games to go, further reinforcements may be needed to achieve what would be their best ever top-flight finish.

At the age of 30, Lucas still has much to offer, and would certainly bolster Hughes’ midfield options at the bet365 Stadium.

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