Liverpool switch wing wizard target to former Spurs starlet

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Liverpool are being linked with a January move for Newcastle United winger Wayne Routledge.

The 25-year-old joined the Toon a year ago from Championship outfit QPR, and now Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is reportedly ready to make an offer for the player.

An £8 million valuation is believed to have been placed on the player's head by Alan Pardew, who has used the winger sparingly since his arrival at St James' Park.

The Metro claims the Hodgson's interest in Routledge has peaked after the Anfield outfit were priced out of a move for Charles N'Zogbia, and the Liverpool boss is keen to add width and pace in the transfer window.

A product of the Crystal Palace academy, Routledge joined Spurs in 2005, but made only five league appearances during his three years with the White Hart Lane outfit.

After loan spells at Portsmouth and Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur sold the player to Aston Villa for a fee in the region of £1.25 million.

With minimal success at Villa Park and a loan spell at Cardiff City, QPR moved for the winger in 2008, with Routledge flourishing in the second tier.

Newcastle came calling last January, and the player's improvement has continued with the Magpies.

His good form has attracted the interest of a number of clubs, but Liverpool are the latest to be linked as Hodgson looks to create a new squad on Merseyside.

Owners NESV have promised the Liverpool chief money to spend, and Hodgson is thought to have a short-list of 'four or five' players.

It is unknown if Routledge is on the list, but a Premier League switch to Liverpool would complete a remarkable change in fortunes for the former England U21 international.

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