Liverpool make Ligue 1 approach over wing wizard

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Liverpool are facing string competition in the race to sign Belgian international midfielder Eden Hazard.

The attacking midfielder, who often plays in the wing positions, is being courted by Manchester United, Arsenal and Lyon. French Football reports that Liverpool have also made contact in the race for the player.

Dubbed 'the little Messi' by Lille boss Claude Puel, 19-year-old Hazard has made 80 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit already. He also has Europa League experience, as well as international recognition with 16 caps thus far for Belgium.

Heavily linked with an Anfield switch in the summer, the arrival of Damien Comolli as Director of Football Strategy could be crucial in the January chase for the player, with Liverpool now having a potential edge with someone who's regularly seen the player.

Serie 'A' outfit Inter Milan were also thought to be keeping tabs on the player, but former Reds boss Rafa Benitez has dismissed the claims of a potential 2011 bid.

Les Dogues have previously stated that they don't wish to sell the player mid-season, but the French outfit would have to consider a reasonable offer for their starlet.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has been promised money to spend in January, with new owners NESV set to provide a £35 million transfer war chest to the Merseyside outfit.

Valued at around £13 million, Hazard would fit the bill as a young attacking talent, something the Liverpool owners are keen to see and invest in at Anfield.

The Reds have been heavily linked with attacking players in recent weeks, and it appears that Hodgson has his eye on several players as Liverpool search to strengthen in the winter transfer window and find a foil for striker Fernando Torres.

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