Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed his interest in signing Hull defender Michael Turner.
Benitez is in the market for a new central defender following the departure of Sami Hyypia and he has targeted a move for Turner.
Turner enjoyed a fine season with Hull last term and Benitez is believed to have been impressed by the former Brentford man.
Reports have suggested Hull have rejected a bid from Liverpool as they hold out for £12million for the towering defender.
Benitez has admitted he has talked with Tigers counterpart Phil Brown about Turner, but refused to divulge any more information on a possible transfer.
"I was talking with (Hull manager) Phil Brown, but I will not talk about figures. But maybe I was just talking to Phil about the weather," said Benitez.
Benitez may step up his interest in Turner after Jamie Carragher joined Daniel Agger (back) and Martin Skrtel (hamstring) as injury concerns for next weekend's season opener at Tottenham with an ankle knock picked up against Atletico Madrid.
"We have two options. One is to bring in someone at the back and the other option is to keep working with the young players we have," added Benitez.
"We have three centre-backs to get fit and will need one more as a fourth. We have to decide what to do, but the one solution we can achieve is to work with the youngsters."