Liverpool lead Swansea & Ajax in chase for Benfica winger

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Liverpool are leading the January race to sign highly-rated Benfica winger Ola John on-loan, reports talkSPORT.

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Estadio da Luz this month, after making just seven first-team appearances in 2013/14.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to offer the Dutchman an escape route from Portugal, with the chance for regular first-team football at Anfield for the remainder of the campaign.

Liverpool face competition from their manager's old club Swansea City for John's signature though, with Michael Laudrup also believed to be interested in a short-term move for the former FC Twente star.

John joined Benfica in the summer of 2012 for an initial €9million fee, signing a bumper five-year contract with the Primeira Liga giants, that contains an astronomical €45million release clause.

Having failed to start a single league game this season, it's unlikely that Benfica would command anywhere near that fee for his services should they decide to sell him, but are hoping to help the player rediscover some form with a temporary move away from Portugal.

Ajax are also believed to be monitoring John's situation as well, and could hand him the chance to return to his homeland by making a rival offer this month.

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