Liverpool plot swoop for North American striker

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Liverpool are being linked with a move for Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz.

The 25-year-old has taken the Eredivisie by storm after joining FC Twente last summer, and new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has reportedly made Ruiz his second Dutch league target this summer.

Hodgson is thought to have made a £9 million bid for PSV forward Ola Toivonen, but the Sunday Mirror reports that Ruiz is being lined-up as a potential replacement for Dirk Kuyt should the Dutchman leave for Inter Milan.

Ruiz scored 24 goals for Steve McLaren's side in his first season at De Grolsch Veste, helping the Reds to their first league title in their history.

A versatile frontman who can also play 'in the hole' or as a winger, Ruiz started his career as a teenager at homeland club Alajuelense. After three years with the club, he moved to Gent in Belgium.

Three successful seasons at the Jules Ottenstadion saw Ruiz linked with a string of clubs across Europe, including Newcastle and Wigan in the Premier League.

Instead, the striker made his move to Holland for €5 million and has since build on his reputation with goals and performances of a high calibre.

A potential stumbling block would be the £15 million valuation of the player, and the Reds would almost certainly look to negotiate a deal if they want to bring Ruiz to Anfield.

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