Liverpool prepare bid for former Spurs star

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Liverpool are reportedly preparing a move for Sampdoria defender Reto Ziegler - the new number one transfer target at Anfield.

The Swiss international full back has impressed during his time in Serie 'A', and new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has set his sights on the left sided player to fill a recently vacated position at the club.

Emiliano Insua signed for Fiorentina at the weekend, following Fabio Aurelio out of the door in Merseyside and leaving a hole that needs to be filled in a key position.

"We need to find a replacement for Emiliano and Fabio. That is one job we will have to do," said Hodgson earlier this week.

"As far as we understand, the deal (for Insua) has been completed between the clubs and his agent is sorting out personal terms.

"We are short and that is going to be one of the priorities."

Former Spurs defender Ziegler impressed during the recent World Cup in South Africa, helping Switzerland to victory against Spain before failing to qualify from Group H.

His club form has been impressive at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris after originally joining on loan in 2007. A permanent signing was made in the summer of the same year, and Ziegler has made 79 Serie 'A' appearances for the side to date.

However, the departure of manager Luigi del Neri has left several players on the brink of an exit. Ziegler is one of these, with the Reds contemplating a cut price £6 million move for the 24-year-old.

With Hodgson keen to build a formidable defence in the quest for an improved Premier League season and a tilt at European silverware, the addition of a quality left back is imperative. The former Fulham boss believes Ziegler fits the bill, and could move before the start of the season.

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