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Liverpool 'registered interest' in Belgian ace

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Liverpool are thought to be one of the clubs tracking Belgian international midfielder Steven Defour.

The Standard Liege midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in previous seasons, with Manchester United previously thought to be favourites to sign the player.

However, Sport.co.uk reports that Merseyside duo Everton and Liverpool have previously registered an interest in the player.

The website also has an interview with Defour's agent, Paul Stefani. The chief representative claims that seven clubs are interested in signing the player.

“Yes, it is true he is being watched. He is being monitored by seven clubs at the moment from England, France, Spain and Italy,” said Stefani.

“I have received positive phone calls from clubs in the UK, who have said they can do things, so we will wait and see.”

New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has been promised money to spend by owners NESV, with the former Fulham manager thought to have around £35 million at his disposal in January.

The acquisition of a striker is thought to be the priority at Anfield, with Liverpool searching for a foil to Fernando Torres after a lackluster start to the season.

The Reds clearly face strong competition for the signature if they were to pursue a move in the opening month of 2011, and Liverpool would have to pay in the region of £16 million for the player's services.

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