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Liverpool reignite interest in Hamburg wing wizard

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Liverpool are reportedly keen on a January move for Dutch international Eljero Elia.

The 23-year-old winger has been linked with an Anfield switch on several occasions in the past, with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez a known admirer of the speedster.

Elia, who can also play as a striker, played for several clubs as a junior before joining the famous Ajax academy in 2000. ADO Den Haag took the player on in 2002 and he made his senior debut for the club in 2004.

The arrival of new coach Lex Schoenmaker saw Elia make his exit from the Kyocera Stadion, with FC Twente beating old club Ajax to the signature. He thrived after making the Eredivisie move, scoring 15 goals in his two seasons with the club and setting up countless more at De Grolsch Veste.

Hamburg would pay the Reds €8.9 million to take Elia to the Bundesliga, and the Dutch international has impressed on both the domestic and European stage.

At international level, Elia has made 15 appearances for Holland after making his debut against Japan. Part of the World Cup squad that made it to the final in South Africa, Elia showed his potential with a string of impressive cameo appearances off the bench for his nation.

Former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is now reportedly keen to bring the player to Merseyside, with talkSport claiming Liverpool are keeping tabs on the player as they look to strengthen their attacking options.

After failing to land another striker on transfer deadline day, Hodgson has earmarked the player as a potential replacement for Ryan Babel, should his compatriot leave for pastures new in the winter window. A fee in the region of €10 million could be needed to complete a deal.

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