Liverpool issued warning over French midfield maverick bid

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Liverpool have been warned over any potential bid for Saint-Etienne midfielder Dimitri Payet.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield by the Daily Mail after Damien Comolli took over as Director of Football strategy at Liverpool, with the Frenchman's links to Les Verts sighted as the reason for Reds being favourites.

Payet is wanted by a string of Europe's top clubs, with Inter Milan, Napoli and Aston Villa also thought to be chasing the player's signature. However, the Ligue 1 club's co-president insists there has been no contact from Liverpool or any other club.

"We have built a roster for the season. There will be no departures during the winter transfer window," Roland Romeyer told France Football.

"Should there be any movement, it would be the other way. Depending on injuries, for example, we could sign a player."

An attacking midfielder who can play on the wing, Payet has come to form this season at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, scoring eight goals in 12 games this season.

New Liverpool owners NESV have promised Hodgson money to spend in the January transfer window, with the former Fulham boss hoping to make 'five or six' additions at Anfield in the opening month of 2011.

The Merseyside outfit are thought to be in the market for a striker and attacking midfielder, with Liverpool linked to Juan Mata, Peter Crouch and Carlton Cole to name just three players in the last week.

Payet, a young French international, fits the mould of a rising star and is the type of player John W. Henry would like to see at the club. With the Comolli connection, the former Nantes starlet seems a viable transfer option for Liverpool despite the French club's comments.

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