Liverpool 'in talks' over Dutch star signing

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Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Real Madrid over the signing of Dutch defender Royston Drenthe.

The 23-year-old wing back is currently on a season-long loan at La Liga side Hercules, earning rave-reviews for his performances at the surprise package in Spanish football at the moment.

Liverpool are thought to have been impressed by Drenthe's performances at the José Rico Pérez stadium, and Spanish paper Sport notes that Jose Mourinho would be willing to listen to offers for the former U21 international.

The player is not thought to feature in Los Blancos' long-term plans under 'the special one', and the Reds could capitalise with a discount deal for the player.

Drenthe, who began his senior career with Feyenoord in 2005, was linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer before settling on a Spanish loan move with the newly promoted side.

Roy Hodgson is still thought to be keen on bringing the player to Anfield, and it's thought that Liverpool will have to pay a fee in the region of £8 million for the player.

The Merseyside outfit are light in the left back position, and will look to strengthen thanks to financial investment from new owners NESV, who are thought to have given the Liverpool boss a £30 million transfer budget to play with.

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