Liverpool 'favourites' to land cut-price Eredivisie playmaker

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Liverpool have emerged as the no.1 contenders in the race for FC Twente's Theo Janssen, according to reports.

The 29-year-old playmaker is - as suggested by Metro - one of several Holland based players on Roy Hodgson's radar as he looks to bolster is his squad in January.

Janssen has allegedly been on the radar of the Liverpool boss for the last four months and now - according to - the Anfield club are 'favourites' for his signature.

Liverpool are believed to have been alerted to a release clause of £3 million in the Dutch international's contract and are planning a raid in the New Year.

However, it has been claimed that said release clause will only kick in during the summer transfer window - which has led Twente president Joop Munsterman to suggest Liverpool will have to fork out substantially more to land their man in January.

He said: "Nobody has spoken to me and if they did, FC Twente can ask what it wants for him."

Liverpool are expected to invest heavily in their playing squad during January and Janssen is just one in a long line of names to have been linked with a move to Anfield.

Belgian sensation Eden Hazard and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema have been two players constantly mentioned regarding a transfer to Anfield as new Liverpool owners NESV look to make their mark at Liverpool.

John W. Henry and Co. are reported to be willing to back Hodgson in the transfer market with upwards of £25 million as they continue their Liverpool revolution.

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