Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will launch a £3.5m bid for West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame as he seeks to strengthen his midfield options.

CaughtOffside understands that the Anfield side’s offer will trigger the 26 year old’s release clause, leaving the Senegal international free to then consider a move to the Merseyside club.

At times this season Rodgers has been left short of options in the centre of the park and when Lucas Leiva has been sidelined with a troublesome knee injury the Northern Irishman has been without a steely presence to thwart opposition advances.

Rodgers believes a move for experienced battler Diame is a bargain buy worth making and should his side secure a Champions League berth then one imagines the former Wigan Athletic man would be tempted by a move to leave Upton Park for Liverpool.

Diame has been a regular in Sam Allardyce’s side this term and impressed last term in his first season at West Ham.

Liverpool have mounted a genuine Premier League title challenge this term and Rodgers feels he needs more strength in depth to truly be in with a race to put in a consistent push for major honours.