Liverpool in Blues battle for North American defender

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Liverpool face competition from Premier League rivals Birmingham City in the race to sign Carlos Salcido.

The Mexican defender has been heavily linked with an Anfield switch over the past fortnight, with the Daily Telegraph reporting yesterday that Liverpool were on the verge of a double swoop to sign Ola Toivonen and Carlos Salcido from PSV Eindhoven.

30-year-old Salcido started his career at homeland club Guadalajara, making a senior debut in the Primera División de México in 2001. After five years there, the full-back joined PSV has been a mainstay at the Phillips Stadium ever since.

Danish defender Daniel Agger has been filling in at left-back for the Anfield club, but has struggled in the opening exchanges this season.

The lack of a naturally left sided defender has led to speculation that the Reds will dip into the transfer market before the current window closes, and Salcido is thought to be one of Hodgson's top targets.

The defender recently revealed that he was aware of Premier League interest, saying: "There are some new teams interested. For now I am calm, although I know that my name has been mentioned by several clubs in England."

Daily Mail reports suggest Birmingham are ready to challenge Liverpool for the signing, with Alex McLeish's side considering an offer in the region of €3 million.

The Merseyside outfit have also been linked with Matthew Taylor as the left-back search continues, and a bid for Salcido might be forced with the news that the St. Andrews' club are interested in making a move for the player.

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