Liverpool shock link to African playmaker

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Liverpool are again being linked with a shock move for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar.

The Anfield club were first linked with the South African in April, with ESPN suggesting then Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was keen to raid the arch Merseyside rivals.

Spurs have also been linked with the player in the past, but the Reds are thought to be preparing a discount bid for the player as contract talks continue to stall between the player and club at Goodison Park.

28-year-old Pienaar moved to Ajax as a teenager, making his debut in 2001 and spending five years with the Dutch giants.

A move to Borussia Dortmund followed, and after two years with the Bundesliga club the player joined Everton on a permanent deal after an original loan spell with the Toffees.

Pienaar has been unable to agree terms on a new deal with the club though, and the Metro reports that new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is keen to bring the player to Anfield.

David Moyes could be forced to sell or risk losing the player on a free transfer in the summer, although the former Preston boss has said he'd rather have the player for six more months than sell on the cheap.

Serie 'A' side Juventus are also thought to be keen on the player, but Pienaar is settled in England and the possibility of a move to Liverpool is very much a reality.

Few players have successfully switched between the two clubs, and the South African would face a backlash if he were to join Steven Gerrardand and Fernando Torres at Liverpool.

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