Liverpool surprise 'interest' in Serie A ace revealed

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Liverpool have shown an interest in signing Udinese star Gokhan Inler, according to his agent.

Inler – who played for Switzerland against England on Tuesday – is allegedly on Liverpool’s radar after impressing during his three years in Italy.

Sky Sports reports that Arsenal and Napoli had previously been linked with the midfielder, who looks set to leave the Stadio Friuli in January.

Ex-Anfield boss Rafa Benitez has also reportedly been monitoring the 26-year-old and is understood to be keen to bring him to Inter Milan.

"I have not had direct contacts with Napoli for Inler. I know that the clubs have spoken, however, they showed no great interest to negotiate," Inler’s representative Dino Lamberti told Radio Quinta Rete.

"With Inter Milan there were contacts in the last days of market but the agreement was not found.

"Staying in Udine was also a decision of the boy, because the (Udinese's owners) Pozzo family wants to do a good championship and for Inler it's good to grow again, before taking a step in a great team.

"When you go to a top team you must be able to play, otherwise after just two weeks you are forgotten.

Lamberti also revealed that Liverpool had continued their pursuit of the former Zurich favourite, even after the departure of Benitez to the San Siro.

He said: "Away in January? Never say never. Liverpool are also interested in Inler and already with Benitez they followed him."

Following the loss of Javier Mascherano to Barcelona, Reds boss Roy Hodgson is supposedly still on the lookout for midfield reinforcements: despite already bringing Christian Poulsen and Raul Meireles to Merseyside.

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