Liverpool reignite interest in wing wizard target - next Anfield hero?

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Liverpool are being linked with a January swoop for England international Ashley Young.

The 25-year-old winger was linked with an Anfield switch in the closing stages of the summer transfer window, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is once again thought to be keen on signing the player.

Reports in the Daily Mirror claim that Damien Comolli, Director of Football strategy for the Merseyside club, has given his backing over a possible Liverpool move for the player and will look to play a part in a deal in the opening month of 2011.

Young has stalled over signing a new deal at Villa Park, with his current contract set to run out in under 18 months. Gerard Houllier's hand might be forced if the player continues to fail to agree new terms, and the Villains may look to cash-in on the player with his value still in the region of £15 million.

Houllier continues to stress his desire to keep the former Watford starlet at the club, but Liverpool's interest appears to have intensified as the transfer window nears.

The Reds have a transfer war chest to spend following the arrival of NESV as the new Anfield owners, with John W. Henry keen to see the money spent on young, attacking talent at Liverpool.

It is also reported that a move for Young could help persuade Spanish stars Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina to stay at the club, with Hodgson hoping to show that the new Liverpool hierarchy is willing to invest in the club.

The player himself could see his future away from the Midlands following the exit of James Milner and Martin O'Neill in the summer, and Liverpool could look to play on this if they make an anticipated move in the New Year.

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