Liverpool boss confirms interest in international marksman

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Liverpool are looking to bring Sweden striker Ola Toivonen to Anfield, Roy Hodgson has admitted.

Recent reports had suggested that the Reds boss and his assistant Sammy Lee had both been on scouting missions to view Toivonen at close quarters.

The PSV Eindhoven marksman gave a clear indication of his talents by netting five times in two games while Lee was observing, and he also scored in an international friendly against Scotland; which was witnessed by Hodgson.

And now the Liverpool manager has revealed that he has indeed been monitoring the progress of the 24-year-old.

"We have discussed his name, that's true," Hodgson told Sky Sports. "Like all teams, we are looking at a lot of players.

"I do know the player and think he is a good player, but can't give you any further indication.

"That doesn't mean we are going to rush in and buy him tomorrow. But he is a player who has come up, we have watched him and we know about him."

Reports earlier this month had said that Hodgson planned to table a bid of £5 million for the former Malmo centre-forward, but PSV are now believed to be demanding double that figure.

Yesterday, Sky Sports reported that Tottenham had also shown an interest in the Swedish frontman, and that sources in Holland understand initial contact has already been made with PSV.

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