Liverpool make £5m approach for former Chelsea ace

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Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Stoke City over the availability of defender Robert Huth.

The German international centre back is the latest defender linked with a January move to Anfield, with Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson keen to strengthen in the position amidst reports that Daniel Agger could be leaving the club.

Daily Mirror reports claim Liverpool have approached the Potters with an enquiry for the player, although the Merseysiders are only thought to be interested in a deal in the region of £5 million.

The paper goes on to claim that Stoke have turned down the initial approach, with the Britannia Stadium side hoping for a fee in the region of £10 million from Liverpool.

Huth joined Chelsea as a junior in 2001, making his Stamford Bridge debut for the Blues back in 2002.

After four years with the club, Middlesbrough signed the player from Chelsea for a fee in the region of £6 million The player would then spend three seasons at the Riverside before a £5 million move to Stoke came in the summer of 2009.

Senior international recognition came for the player during his time at Chelsea, earning his first cap for Germany in 2004. He has 19 caps to his name currently.

Per Mertesacker, Chris Samba and Vederan Corluka have all been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks, and Hodgson is thought to have money at his disposal following the arrival of NESV at the end of summer.

A transfer wish list of 'five or six' players has been drawn up by the Anfield chief, with a centre back thought to be one of the priorities. Huth has denied any contact with Liverpool despite the reports of a 'firm enquiry', but a move this month appears possible.

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