Hodgson 'flies to France' to watch £15 million midfielder

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Roy Hodgson flew out to France on Sunday to track the progress of Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, according to the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old is in the France squad for this week’s friendly against England at Wembley and will be looking to impress.

The Liverpool boss is also reportedly set watch M’Vila against England and rumours have it that he is available for £15 million.

Hodgson’s scouting trip came less than 24 hours after he saw his Liverpool side collapse and lose 2-0 away to Stoke City.

Hodgson has endured a torrid time since he took over the reigns at Anfield and has admitted he needs to do something to halt his side’s poor run of form.

January reinforcements seem certain after the manager insisted he will challenge the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona for players worth around £20 million.

Liverpool’s new owner John W Henry has backed Hodgson and will continue to do so in the transfer market but has put the emphasis on bringing youth to Anfield.

With the hiring of former Tottenham director of football Damien Comolli to aid Hodgson, it seems France is the likely place for Liverpool’s scouts to travel to.

With Saint Etienne duo Blaise Matuidi and Dimitri Payet also linked Ligue 1 could be in for a big raid by the Anfield side.

M’Vila, though, only signed a new contract with Rennes in August which will keep him at the club until 2014 after impressing last season and he has gone on to play a part in every league game this season.

M’Vila was called into Laurent Blanc’s first ever squad as France manager for a 2-1 loss to Norway and he was widely acknowledged as Les Blues’ best player.

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