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£30 million hitman sends out message to Arsenal and Liverpool

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Reported Arsenal and Liverpool target Karim Benzema highlighted his talents to potential suitors last night by bagging a hat-trick for Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old was on fine form for Los Blancos as they raced to a 4-0 win against Auxerre in the Champions League - finishing with a total of 16 points from their group fixtures.

Benzema joined Real from Lyon for around £30 million last summer but - until recent weeks - has failed to get going at the Bernabeu. His poor form had led to growing speculation that he would soon leave Spain, but the Frenchman's recent performances have suggested he may remain with Real for longer than initially expected.

However, it is claimed that Real will consider letting Benzema leave in January should their demands be met - with Liverpool and Arsenal said to be on red alert.

A deal for the France international could prove to be popular with the Liverpool faithful, and former Kop favourite Jamie Redknapp recently urged the Reds board to bring Benzema to Anfield after he impressed for France against England.

“Liverpool need a striker and they should look no further than Karim Benzema," the ex-Liverpool midfielder wrote in the Daily Mail.

“He played this game like it was his personal audition. He’s started only one league game for Real Madrid this season and we could all see last night that he is better than that. Benzema enjoyed his night and put on a bit of a show.

“The new Anfield owners have their first challenge: sign him.”

But, should Liverpool step up their interest in Benzema, they may now have to battle with Arsenal after Mediaset reported he is the north London club's 'no.1 target'.

Arsene Wenger has a reputation for being somewhat frugal in the transfer market, but he is allegedly prepared to splash the cash to ensure Benzema joins Arsenal.

Benzema would certainly provide Arsenal with an added cutting edge, but whether the Gunners will bid for him in January remains to be seen.

The Arsenal boss also reportedly has his sights set on Dinamo Zagreb youngster Sime Vrsaljko and Belgian sensation Eden Hazard as he looks to end the Gunners' five year trophy drought.

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