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Liverpool to make £30m bid for Willian

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Liverpool are set to match Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala's valuation of £30 million of their Brazilian midfielder Willian, according to reports.

Manager Brendan Rodgers had been looking to add a big name signing before the close of the transfer window having already spent around £24 million on Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto this summer.

With Anzhi's billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov embarking on a huge shake-up of the present squad in order to cut costs, the club has put up almost all its star players on sale including Willian and Samuel Eto'o.

According to the Express, Rodgers is hoping the apparent financial crisis at the Russian club would see them accept his bid of £30 million for the Brazilian playmaker who had joined Anzhi in the last transfer window for a similar amount from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Merseyside club is also confident of matching Willian's salary of £100,000-a-week but are aware of the fact that the lack of Champions League football might be a hindrance in convincing the player to join the club.

However, Rodgers is pushing ahead with a bid for the player after missing out on other big name targets like Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan who joined Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa over the course of the last couple of months.

Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, are apparently willing to bank-roll the club's bid for the player after having promised Rodgers that they would provide the funds necessary for a major signing this summer.

However, Liverpool face a fight on their hands to land the creative midfielder as Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has also been alerted to the availability of the Brazilian whom he had tried to sign twice before - once when he was in Chelsea and again in the last window when Anzhi beat him to the player's signature.

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