Liverpool lead shock loan battle for former England star

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Liverpool are reportedly facing Premier League competition in the race to sign Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge.

The former England international appears to be heading for an Eastlands exit after falling down the pecking order under Roberto Mancini, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is thought to be an admirer of the former Southampton left back.

Hodgson has money to spend at Anfield following the arrival of NESV as the new Liverpool owners, and the former Fulham boss is reportedly looking to add a left back after the unimpressive start made by Paul Konchesky at the club.

Stoke City, Aston Villa and Fulham are also thought to be keen on the player, with the Daily Mirror claiming that a host of Premier League clubs are queuing up alongside Liverpool for the player's signature.

Liverpool are being linked with a loan offer for the player, with Hodgson hoping to land the player on a short-term deal whilst avoiding having to player the player's bumper 70,000 a-week wages.

Bridge started his career with the Saints before making a £7 million move to Chelsea in 2003. Serving most of his time as understudy to Ashley Cole, Bridge spent time on loan at Fulham before signing for City in January 2009.

A full England international, Bridge declined the opportunity to represent England at the World Cup in South Africa, retiring from the national squad after a very public dispute with former team-mate John Terry.

Liverpool will look to strengthen in several positions at the first opportunity in 2011, with Bridge the latest in a long line of players linked with an Anfield move.

Whilst an attacking foil for Fernando Torres is thought to be the priority, Hodgson has reportedly earmarked 'five or six' players to strengthen the squad after discussions with new Liverpool director of football strategy, Damien Comolli. It is unknown if Bridge is on the list.

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