Liverpool boss confirms interest in international midfielder

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Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Liverpool are in for Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen.

The Danish international has been linked with a move to Anfield throughout the summer, and speculation surrounding his arrival has intensified since Javier Mascherano announced his intention to quit the Reds.

Poulsen has been earmarked as the man to fill the void that will be left if the Argentina captain moves to Inter Milan, and Hodgson is keen to link-up up with 30-year-old he signed for FC Copenhagen 10 years ago.

Yesterday, Juve technical director Giuseppe Marotta intimated that the Merseysiders had made an enquiry about Poulsen, and the 62-year-old Liverpool boss confirmed as much today.

"If we can sign him from Juventus at a price I consider reasonable, he will be a very good player to bring into our team," Hodgson told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. "Christian is a player I know well, a player whose career I actually kick-started many years ago and I have followed him closely ever since."

Reports in Italy suggest that the agent of the former Sevilla player travelled to England on Wednesday to discuss personal terms with Liverpool representatives.

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