Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn has handed suitors Liverpool a boost after refusing to commit his future to current club.
Liverpool No 1 Simon Mignolet came in for yet more criticism after the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle, when he flapped at a Vernon Anita cross and allowed Papiss Cisse to head the visitors back into the game.
The former Sunderland keeper has yet to fully convince since his move to Anfield in 2013 and the Reds have been linked with both 6ft 4in Horn and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
But Horn – who at £7million would come far cheaper than the £20million Barcelona would demand for ter Stegen – looks the more likely arrival, with Jurgen Klopp sending one of Liverpool’s European scouts, Matthias Hamann, to keep close tabs on the goalkeeper and his Cologne team-mate Jonas Hector in recent months.
Horn, 22, has previously played down talks of a move away from the RheinEnergie Stadion at this stage in his career.
But after a season where he has again impressed in the Bundesliga, and with a £7million release clause in his contract, Horn has admitted he could leave his boyhood club this summer – if it’s for the best of both he and his club.
“We will see,” he said, speaking to The Set Pieces.
“I have a long contract [until 2019] in Cologne and my heart is in Cologne.
“I think we will talk about it with the manager [Peter Stöger], Jörg Schmadtke and also the goalkeeper trainer and then we will see what comes next.”