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Liverpool to use manager contacts in £3 million defender move

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Liverpool are being linked with a January move for Finnish international defender Niklas Moisander.

The versatile AZ Alkmaar centre back has been valued in the region of €4 million, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is thought to have close contacts in the player's homeland as he looks to tie-up a deal.

Moisander began his career at Turun Palloseura before moving to Ajax. After failing to earn a start in two years at the Amsterdam Arena, the player moved to Zwolle in 2006. Two instrumental years followed before AZ signed the player for an undisclosed fee.

At international level, Moisander has earned 14 caps for the national side after working his way through the youth ranks. His only goal for his country was the winner in a World Cup qualifier against Wales.

Liverpool are believed to be in the market for defensive cover following the injury sustained by Jamie Carragher against Spurs last weekend, and Moisander's versatility makes him a viable option for the Anfield outfit.

Comfortable with either foot and in the left back position, the player's valuation is also thought to appeal to the Liverpool boss after being promised a transfer war chest in the region of £35 million.

Hodgson is thought to have a wish list of 'five or six' players, and although an attacking foil for Fernando Torres is thought to be the priority, a new defender is high on the agenda at Liverpool.

The former Finland boss is believed to have close friends on the inside of the national setup still, which could be a key factor in helping Hodgson bring the player to Merseyside.

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