Liverpool battle Milan for £2 million international defender

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Liverpool are set to battle AC Milan and Everton in the race to sign Swiss international defender Reto Ziegler.

The Sampdoria full back has been linked with a number of clubs as a potential January target, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is thought to be one of the interested parties.

A player with Premier League experience through his time with Tottenham Hotspur, the Reds are thought to see Ziegler as excellent competition to Paul Konchesky for a starting spot at Anfield.

Milan are thought to be favourites for the player though, with Massimiliano Allegri already thought to have approached their Serie 'A' countreparts over a potential January switch.

Toffees boss David Moyes is also keen to strengthen his defensive options in the opening month of 2011, with 24-year-old Ziegler available on the cheap due to his contract running out in the summer.

This has left i Blucerchiati looking at their options and willing to sell if someone makes a viable offer in the transfer window, and Footylatest claims that Everton and Liverpool are the Premier League clubs competing for the player.

The Reds have money to spend after the arrival of new owners NESV, and Hodgson is thought to have a transfer budget in the region of £35 million at Liverpool.

'Five or six' players are thought to have been highlighted as potential transfer targets, and a move for Ziegler would represent value-for-money that leaves the Liverpool boss free to spend big in attacking areas, thought to be the priority at Anfield as Hodgson searches for a foil to Fernando Torres.

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