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Liverpool join race for PSV star

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Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is on alert after Ibrahim Afellay's agent suggested he was considering a move away from PSV.

The 23-year-old winger has been courted by a handful of top clubs in Europe, and Liverpool are thought to be among the chasing pack preparing to make a move in the summer.

Afellay's stock has been rising in Holland after making his debut for Eindhoven in 2004. He has since made over 125 league appearances in the Eredivisie, scoring 28 goals in the process. The Rood-witten have been on a seeming decline in recent years though, finishing fourth in the 2008-09 season.

The Dutch winger was undoubtedly their star in what can only be described as a failed season, scoring 13 league goals in 28 games. It seems only a matter of time before the player, who can also play in the attacking midfield position, makes a switch to one of the top European leagues.

A handful of Serie A clubs are thought to have been monitoring Afellay, whose contract runs out at the Phillips Stadium in the summer of 2011. With this in mind, the Dutch giants could look to cash in over the summer or risk losing him for free the following season.

A possible star for the Dutch side at the 2010 World Cup, the current valuation of £10 million could rise drastically were he to take a leading role for Holand in South Africa.

Agent Rob Jansen has fueled the fire over a possible move, hinting that his player currently has an uncertain future in his homeland.

"We decided to take it easy and think carefully before signing any renewal," Jansen told Sportweek.

"Ibrahim is very happy with what he is doing at PSV and so it is possible that he will stay in Eindhoven. But he could also decide to move abroad. At the moment I cannot say anything else. We will see how the situation develops."

Arsenal had previously shown interest, but they are no longer thought to be interested in the talented youngster. The Premier League challenge for this 19 cap international appears to rest solely with the Anfield side.

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