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Liverpool scout Ivorian star as potential Torres partner

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Liverpool are being linked with a January move for Ivorian international striker Gervinho.

The Lille striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is the latest manager to take an interest in the player.

Gervinho has started the season in great form for Les Dogues, and Spurs are thought to be one of the teams still looking at the player as interest mounts ahead of the transfer window.

However, the Reds have made their first 'move' with Hodgson joining French scout Laurent Viaud at the Stade Lille-Metropole. Gervinho is thought to be the main Liverpool priority, but the former Fulham boss is also thought to be monitoring Eden Hazard.

Belgian starlet Hazard has been watched by the cream of Europe, including Manchester United and Arsenal. The Anfield club are also considering their options with regards to the player, with Hodgson stating that Gervinho wasn't the only good player on the pitch after Sunday's 2-1 win against Monaco.

Gervinho began his career at Beveren before moving to Ligue 1 with Le Mans. Two years later, Lille signed the player for €8 million and the Ivory Coast international has scored 17 goals in 40 French league games.

Liverpool are searching for a new striker on Merseyside, with Hodgson keen to find a foil for Fernando Torres in the Anfield strikeforce.

New owners NESV have promised the Liverpool boss a £35 million transfer war chest for the opening month of 2011, and Gervinho joins the list of potential attacking options for the Reds.

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