Liverpool battle Benitez for Turkish playmaker - €15m Anfield switch mooted

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Liverpool are being linked with a move for Turkish international midfielder Nuri Sahin.

The Borussia Dortmund playmaker is reportedly being monitored by a string of top European teams following some impressive performances for the German outfit, with Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson one of the managers monitoring the situation.

Former Reds chief Rafa Benitez is also interested in signing the player, and Inter Milan are joined by Serie 'A' rivals Juventus with regards to Italian interest in the player.

Dortmund have risen to the top of the Bundesliga this season, and Sahin has been an integral part of the runaway leaders success thus far. He has four goals in 15 appearances, and talkSPORT claims that Liverpool will consider a €15 million bid for the player at some point in the New Year.

Hodgson has been promised money to spend by new Anfield owners NESV, and the Liverpool manager is thought to have highlighted 'five or six' players as potential transfer targets.

Damien Comolli, Director of Football strategy at the Merseyside club, is believed to have been involved in the creation of the Liverpool shortlist, but it's unknown if his input has led to the interest in Sahin.

The 22-year-old has 22 caps for Turkey, and Dortmund will reportedly reject any offers in January. However, they will listen to bids in the summer and Liverpool are thought to be willing to wait before making their move for the player.

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