Liverpool target Serie 'A' duo

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Liverpool are reportedly chasing midfielders Christian Poulsen and Mathieu Flamini.

The duo currently ply their trade in the top tier of Italian football, and new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson confirmed his interest in Juventus star Poulsen to the Liverpool Echo.

“It is correct that we are negotiating with Christian Poulsen," the former Fulham manager told the paper.

"It would be a good transfer if it goes through as he is a player I know really well. I was responsible in some way for launching his career and I have followed it ever since.

“If we can prise him away from Juventus for a price that we feel is reasonable, he will be an excellent player to introduce to our team. He is a fantastic player."

Flamini has admitted his frustration with the situation at AC Milan, with the 26-year-old Frenchman getting limited first team opportunities at the San Siro in previous seasons.

"It is not an easy situation. It is frustrating when you feel good and they don’t give you a chance," said the player after the Emirates Cup.

The Daily Mirror claims that Hodgson would prefer the former Arsenal midfielder, with his Premier League experience a factor in a potential move for the international.

Despite insisting that he's happy to stay in Italy, Flamini could be prized away from the Rossoneri should the Merseyside outfit decide to follow up their interest with a bid before the season gets underway next weekend.

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