Liverpool line up West Ham star as potential Coutinho replacement

Philippe Coutinho has spoken to people close to him about Barcelona move

Sorry Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho's huge Barcelona hint

The Brazilian was a top target for La Liga's current leaders last summer, with Barcelona having seen several bids rejected by Liverpool in the summer.

The links, though, led nowhere, and the advertising copy was quickly removed.

If Coutinho were to join Barcelona the Catalan giants they would have to pay more than €100 million, based on reports this past summer when the Blaugrana were pressing very hard to replace Neymar.

In addition to manufacturing Barcelona's kit, Nike also sponsor Coutinho, who wears Nike-made boots.

Nike have since deleted the section on their website.

After scoring 12 goals and assisting another nine as part of Liverpool's "Fab Four" in the first-half of the season, Barcelona are likely to come in for Coutinho again.

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In fact, Paulinho has apparently been making jokes about Coutinho looking for a house in Spain, which might actually be true.

Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that Barcelona submitted a £130m new transfer bid just days after the Reds confirmed the signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

Meanwhile in The Telegraph, Chris Bascombe called the situation "bizarre" and Sky's Guillem Balague said there have been no meetings between the clubs' representatives about a January deal-though Balague believes, as do many, that there has been a softening of Liverpool's stance that could pave the way for a summer move.

"Nobody told me that".

'He showed his character in the games and in the training sessions.

'That is what I am interested in because all the rest I can't, and don't, want to talk about - because if I open the door then you run all the way through'.

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