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Liverpool given £11 million boost in chase for Didier Drogba strike partner

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Liverpool have been told Lille have lowered Gervinho’s asking price to £11 million due to the two club’s good working relationship, according to the Metro.

And this news bodes well in the Reds’ chase for the Ivorian’s team mate Eden Hazard as the club continues the overhaul of their squad.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson travelled to France to watch the Gervinho back in November in Lille’s 2-1 victory over Monaco and came back raving over Hazard, who ran the show with two assists.

Reports then suggested Liverpool had changed their attention completely to the Belgian, who then insisted he wanted to see the season out at the French title chasers.

However, it is widely believed he will move on in the summer, with Arsenal seemingly his favoured destination, but Lille could help Liverpool’s hopes of bringing the wonderkid to Anfield.

But Liverpool’s chase for Gervinho has not been put on hold and, after John W Henry revealing he is willing to find a big name signing next month, it looks set for a conclusion soon.

The one priority for Liverpool this transfer window has always been a winger or striker to back up Fernando Torres and help lift the goalscoring burden on his shoulders, which it is hoped will help him back to top form.

Hodgson recently said: “Fernando is getting stronger, fitter and more confident. All he needs is a goal or two and then he'll explode.”

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