Liverpool to step up interest in World Cup star with £3 million offer

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Liverpool are back on the trail of Hamburg winger Eljero Elia as the January transfer window gets nearer, according to the People.

Elia starred for the Netherlands at the World Cup in South Africa earlier on this year, alerting the Reds to his talent and availability for the first time.

Liverpool are currently in the process of whittling down a shortlist of around four players to give to new owners NESV, with a left winger a main priority for the Anfield club.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is well aware of Elia and new director of football strategy Damian Comolli feels he has a good working relationship with the Bundesliga club.

This working relationship could be the key to bringing the 23-year-old but there is likely to be a negotiation in price.

Comolli rates Elia at £3 million but Hamburg are likely to demand £5 million for his services – either way he will be a cheaper alternative than the likes of Eden hazard and Charles N’Zogbia.

One thing that could work in Liverpool’s favour is the player’s wish to leave the German side, although Juventus are also interested.

Liverpool’s owners NESV have outlined an emphasis on youth in Hodgson’s transfer dealings next month and in future transfer windows, which he has heeded by signing two 16-year-old talents today.

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