Liverpool planning switch for former Manchester United stopper

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Liverpool are keen to sign former Manchester United goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, according to reports in Germany cited by the Daily Express.

24-year-old Zieler, who has won two international caps for his native Germany and currently plays his club football for Bundesliga outfit Hannover 96, spent five years at Old Trafford after initially joining as a promising youngster in 2005.

He left United in 2010 after failing to register a single appearance for the Red Devils, with his only experience of competitive English football to date coming during a short loan spell with Northampton Town during the 2008/09 campaign.

However, it appears as if Zieler could be set for a return to the Premier League, with those aforementioned sources claiming that Brendan Rodgers' Reds are eager to sign the Cologne-born stopper - who reportedly has a release clause of £7 million that will expire in May of next year - to provide competition for current number one Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool's other recognised first-team 'keeper - Pepe Reina - remains contracted to the Anfield club but is widely expected to depart on a free transfer after his current deal expires at the end of the season following his loan spell with Napoli.

The Merseyside outfit would appear to face stiff competition, though, with Zieler also allegedly coveted by both Borussia Monchengladbach and Jens Keller's Schalke 04.

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