Munich set to steal Liverpool target

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Tottenham’s unsettled Croatian playmaker Niko Kranjcar is reportedly a target for German giants Bayern Munich.

Bayern coach Louis van Gaal looks set to rival Liverpool for his signature, and is expected to make a bid for the 26-year-old Croatian in the January transfer window.

Kranjcar has struggled to establish himself in the Tottenham starting line-up this season, and has been watching from the sidelines with Gareth Bale's blistering form keeping him out of his favoured left midfield position.

The former Portsmouth midfielder made his first start of the season in the 4-2 defeat at Bolton last weekend, and has only made five substitute appearances and was again unused in Tuesday's draw with Sunderland.

Kranjcar is under contract at White Hart Lane until 2013, but Van Gaal believes he has the talent to help them mount a challenge for the Bundesliga title after a poor start to the season.

Van Gaal is reportedly prepared to offer £11 million for the Tottenham man and will be encouraged by his recent comments about wanting to play regular football.

Bayern's interest will be unwelcome news for Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson, who was hoping to seal a deal for less than the £11 million that Bayern Munich would offer.

The Liverpool manager is looking for established players to add to his Anfield club, which has experienced somewhat of a revival recently. But their midfield has lacked invention so far this season, with Steven Gerrard being hailed as a 'one man team' after his recent heroics against Napoli.

Hodgson knows he does not have the strength in depth that many of his rivals have, so a player with Premier League experience would be a bonus. Kranjcar was a star player under Redknapp at Portsmouth, but has struggled to replicate that form at Tottenham.

Kranjcar played fairly regularly at White Hart Lane last season, but has never been first choice since his £8 million arrival in 2009 - despite scoring six goals in 27 appearances last season.

Kranjcar is far from unhappy at Tottenham, but the lack of first-team opportunities means he would be open to a move, especially if a team like Liverpool or Bayern Munich came calling.

He said recently: 'I feel great at Tottenham, so if I could play regularly for my team, then my first option would be to stay at White Hart Lane,' said Kranjcar.

'But if I don’t play much, then I will have to look for other solutions. Nobody wants to be a reserve and that goes for me too.

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