Liverpool strategy director plots €14 million Arsenal challenge for Bundesliga starlet

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Liverpool have reportedly set their sights on Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic.

The Serbian defender has been on the Premier League radar for some time, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger a known admirer of the player. However, Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is thought to have joined the race after the player was highlighted by Director of Football strategy, Damien Comolli.

Subotic made his senior debut for Mainz 05 in 2007, and after an impressive season was sold to Dortmund the following year. Still only 21-years-old, Subotic has earned 20 caps for Serbia, and represented his country in the recent World Cup.

Liverpool have been linked with a string of defenders following the injury suffered by Jamie Carragher last weekend, and the Anfield outfit is set to move for centre back cover at the first opportunity in January.

The Daily Star claims the Subotic is now the first choice for the Reds, with Hodgson keen on a meeting with the player's agent, Steve Kelly.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are also thought to be keeping tabs on the player, although it is Wenger who has been linked with a move for the player in the past.

The Gunners' boss wanted to bring the player to the Emirates in the summer, it was reported, but the player chose to concentrate on his nation's efforts in South Africa.

Comolli now hopes to strike in the opening month of 2011, with Liverpool hoping to beat their rivals to the punch with a quick-fire move for the player.

Valued in the region of €14 million, Liverpool have money to spend following the arrival of their new owners and will hope to out-bid Arsenal should the north London club make a move for the player.

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