Fresh twist in Liverpool pursuit of £10m hotshot

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Fiorentina are set to swoop for reported Liverpool target Johan Elmander.

Corriere dello Sport reports that the Italian side are weighing up a January bid for the Sweden international as he continues to stall over new contract with Bolton.

Elmander is Bolton's record-signing after joining the club from Toulouse for around £10 million in 2008, and the 29-year-old has been in magnificent goalscoring form this season.

His performances have led to the Trotters launching a surprise assault on the Champions League places and have also reportedly caught the eye of Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli.

Liverpool are known to be keen to add more potency to their attack this month after admitting that they rely too heavily on Kop heroes Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

And, with Torres' chequered injury history, new Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to strengthen his striking ranks and is thought to be interested in bringing Elmander to Liverpool.

However, Bolton boss Owen Coyle has attempted to ease fears that the Swede would be moving to Anfield, but admitted that Elmander would be crazy not to consider joining a club the size of Liverpool.

"If it was a club of a similar size to Bolton I believe he would stay here. If an elite club came in Johan would be crazy not to think about it.

"I have no problems with that. Johan is well within his rights to do what is right for himself and his family. What I will do game by game is try to get the best out of him."

Coyle added: "Phil [Gartside] has had talks with Johan's representative and that will be on-going.

"Johan has been terrific from day one and if they decide they want it to run its course into January, then so be it."

Liverpool have also been linked with FC Utrecht youngster Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Uruguay star Luis Suarez as they look to bring reinforcements to Anfield during the transfer window.

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