Serie A giants Juventus are the latest name to be linked with a summer move for Bolton Wanderers forward Johan Elmander reports the Daily Mail.
The 29-year-old Sweden international’s long-term future has been cast into doubt ever since he rejected the offer of a one-year contract extension, meaning he will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Liverpool have reportedly been keeping tabs on the situation as they look to complete ‘value-for-money’ business in their search for a back-up for Anfield’s new star signings Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.
Having spent so much money in the January transfer window, Liverpool owners NESV have earmarked more humble business when the transfer window reopens in June.
The Reds’ Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli has recommended Elmander – a proven striker in the Barclays Premier League, as one of the more reasonable options to take in the summer.
Bolton paid a club record £8.2million to bring Elmander to the Reebok Stadium from French side Toulouse in 2008, but since the arrival of loan ranger Daniel Sturridge, he has been primarily deployed in a wider position.
Without ever publicly complaining about the switch to the wing, it has been suggested that Elmander may be keen on a move to Anfield in order to return to his favoured position.
The Daily Mirror reports that Juventus are just one of several sides in Italy currently interested in the player’s services, with scouts recently sent to Bolton to watch the Swede in action.
If Liverpool wish to renew their interest in Elmander, they will need to move quickly and hope that the fact he has settled well in England will give them the advantage in a summer bidding war.