Liverpool prepare sensational €14 million move for former Anfield hero

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Liverpool are being linked with a shock January move for former striker Djibril Cisse.

The French international forward is reportedly on the verge of a Panthanaikos exit, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is one of a number of Premier League managers thought to be considering a move for the player.

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is also thought to be interested in the player, and could use his French connections in a bid to bring the player to Villa Park.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes is the other interested party, with the Cottagers viewing the player as a second option should they fail to land Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City.

However, reports from France and the continent claim that Liverpool could make a substantial offer for the 29-year-old striker in the opening month of 2011.

A move would see Cisse return to Anfield, where he signed in 2004 and won a Champions League medal the following season. His two-season stint on Merseyside was interrupted by a leg break though, and the mercurial striker could have unfinished business with Liverpool.

The Metro goes on to claim that Cisse is 'set for a Liverpool return', and the former Marseille striker could solve the attacking crisis currently impacting the Reds.

Hodgson is thought to have a transfer budget in the region of £35 million following the arrival of NESV as owners, and the Liverpool boss is thought to have targeted 'five or six' players as January targets.

An attacking foil for Fernando Torres is the reported priority, and Liverpool will have to pay in the region of €14 million for the former Sunderland loanee.

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