Liverpool face uphill £20m challenge in race to land former Arsenal ace

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Liverpool face a difficult challenge if they are to secure the signing of Lassana Diarra.

The French international midfielder was linked with an Anfield switch in the closing stages of the summer transfer window, with former Liverpool chief Roy Hodgson thought to be keen on signing the player.

Reds director of football strategy Damien Comolli is also thought to be an admirer of the player, although it's unclear if he has advised new Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish with regards to a move for the player.

AC Milan, PSG and Manchester United are also thought to be keen on the player, but Diarra's agent claims he has now forced his way back into the fold at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Lass is satisfied and will fight for a place in the team," agent John Williams told Spanish daily Marca.

"I can say that Diarra will not leave Real Madrid in the winter. Team coach Jose Mourinho never questioned his professionalism in training or in matches."


The Reds are believed to be in the market for a central midfield enforcer, and it's also being reported that Liverpool have made an enquiry with regards to Mark Van Bommel.

NESV arrived at Anfield at the end of the summer, and have promised the Merseyside outfit money to spend in the current transfer window should Liverpool find the right players.

Whilst an attacking foil for Fernando Torres is thought to be the priority, a shortlist of players in numerous positions has been presented by Dalglish, and Liverpool could be busy in the final two weeks of the January window.

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