Juve offer Danish star as bait to Liverpool

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Juventus are set to tempt Liverpool into parting with defender Daniel Agger by offering Christian Poulsen in exchange.

Should the Merseysiders lose wantaway Argentina captain Javier Mascherano to Inter Milan, then Poulen is being touted as the ideal replacement for the holding midfielder.

Poulsen has been linked with a move to Anfield throughout the summer, and earlier reports had suggested that the Reds would use Dirk Kuyt as bait in order to tempt the Italian club to sell the 30-year-old Dane.

The Daily Mail now reports that Juve are desperate to land a centre-back, and are prepared to offer £4 million plus Poulsen in order to snare his Danish team-mate Agger.

This offer is rumoured to appeal to Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson, as he looks to bolster his squad without having to break the bank. And, although Agger has firmly established himself as a favourite of the Kop faithful over the past few seasons, the 25-year-old has suffered a string of injuries and, hence, struggled to cement a first team place.

Should the former Brondby man depart then Hodgson already has established centre-backs in Jamie Carragher and Martin Skrtel, while he can also call upon Greek international Sotirios Kyrgiakos and recent signing Danny Wilson.

This would appear to suggest that Hodgson would be prepared to let a defender leave if the offer suits, and Juve will be hopeful they can prise Agger away from Anfield.

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