Hamburg’s want-away winger Eljero Elia has been linked with a move to various clubs around Europe after declaring his frustration at a lack of first-team football.
The 24-year old Dutch international has been on Liverpool’s radar for some time with the Hamburger Morgenpost reporting in January that Reds boss Kenny Dalglish was keen on bringing Elia to Anfield in a €15million deal.
Juventus have also been monitoring the player’s situation, but insidefutbol.com suggest that Liverpool remain the frontrunners for Elia’s signature after Hamburg declared an interest in Reds defender Martin Skrtel.
The Slovakian centre half has acquired many fans throughout German football, with Wolfsburg said to be considering a bid in the mid-season window.
Skrtel however is happy at Anfield, and has refuted claims he is seeking a move away from Liverpool, but he may be forced to consider Hamburg’s offer if the Reds make signing Elia a priority in the summer.
Liverpool Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli has been scowering the European market for midfield wing additions, and has also earmarked Aston Villa’s Ashley Young as a possible target.
Since joining Hamburg in 2009, Elia has made 47 appearances, scoring eight goals and providing ten assists, which has added to his growing reputation throughout Europe.
And having been capped 17 times by the Holland national team, Liverpool want to capitalise on Hamburg’s interest in one of their own players to orchestrate a move for a player with such promising potential.
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