Liverpool have been offered encouragement over their interest in Cologne left-back Jonas Hector, with his agent saying the left-back is allowed to talk to other clubs.
The Reds are said to be interested in the Bundesliga club’s defender, as well as goalkeeper Timo Horn.
Hector has been linked with a move to Anfield since the winter transfer window and the 25-year-old is said to be available for around £12million this summer.
The Germany defender’s agent Rainer Derber told Kicker: “We’ve discussed our course of action with the Cologne hierarchy before the winter break.
“Cologne already reacted to Jonas’ potential transfer with the signing of Filip Mladenovic.
“Upon consultation with Cologne we are allowed to talk to interested clubs, but this won’t happen before the end of the Bundesliga season.
“Jonas knows what it is like to sign a contract. Not only he would have to profit from a transfer but also Cologne.”
Hector’s Cologne team-mate Timo Horn has also refused to commit himself to the club amid interest in the goalkeeper from Liverpool.