Liverpool in derby fight for PSV striker

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Liverpool face competition from Everton in the race to sign Ola Toivonen.

The Swedish striker was heavily linked with an Anfield switch in the summer, with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson thought to be courting the striker as the transfer window came to a close back in August.

24-year-old Toivonen began his career at Degerfors before moving to Örgryte and then Malmö FF. PSV Eindhoven paid in the region of €3.5 million for the player in 2009, and the striker has repaid the Eredivisie side with 27 goals in 56 Dutch league games.

An international who made his debut in 2007, Toivonen has appeared 10 times for his country, scoring twice for Erik Hamrén's side.

Liverpool are still thought to be keen on the player, with Kenny Dalglish and Hodgson reportedly watching Toivonen and Ibrahim Afellay at the Phillips Stadium in the last fortnight.

However, The People reports that Everton boss David Moyes is also keen on the player, viewing the versatile frontman as a potential replacement for Steven Pienaar at Goodison Park. Toivonen can also play in attacking midfield.

Reds boss Hodgson has been promised funds to buy players by new owners NESV, and the Liverpool boss has admitted he's keen to add 'five or six' players when 2011 arrives.

The Merseyside rivals appear to be on collision course for the signature, but Liverpool appear to have the funds capable of trumping any offer from the Toffees as they search for an attacking foil for Fernando Torres at Anfield.

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