£9m bid received for long-term Liverpool target - reports

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Liverpool are set to miss out on a move for St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi after Paris Saint Germain made an offer for the player according to talkSPORT.

The highly rated 24-year-old Frenchman dubbed, the 'new Claude Makelele' has attracted attention from the Barclays Premier League for some time now, with Arsenal the first club to have been credited with an interest.

Matuidi is regarded as a long-term target for Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, who has since strengthened his midfield department at Anfield with the additions of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, and Stewart Downing.

The sticking point is thought to be the £8million that Liverpool were only prepared to offer, while Etienne stood firm for a higher figure that has now been met by their Ligue 1 counterparts PSG.

After receiving an offer in excess of £9million for Matuidi, Liverpool will now have to match the bid or else drop out of the running for the France international star.

The tough-tackling midfield general would welcome a move to cash-rich PSG who, backed by Qatar Sports Investments now look to have the money to dominate Ligue 1 and also mount a challenge in Europe.

Since Leonardo's arrival at the club, PSG have not made a single signing but a flurry of additions should be expected as the transfer window nears its conclusion.

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