Liverpool 'poised' to bid €12m for Torres partner

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Liverpool are being linked with a €12 million bid for Hamburg star Eljero Elia.

The Dutch international was reportedly targeted by the Anfield outfit in the closing summer months, with Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson thought to be keen on a deadline day deal for the player.

However, the Reds missed out and Elia and the player would stay in the Bundesliga. A product of the famous Ajax academy, the second striker who can also play in the wing position made his senior debut for ADO Den Haag in 2004.

FC Twente would sign the player in 2007, and after two successful seasons with the Eredivisie outfit Elia moved to Hamburg for a fee in the region of €8.9 million.

His impressive performances for club and country have attracted a number of suitors across Europe in the past year, with Liverpool thought to be one of the more high-profile outfits monitoring the player's situation.

Director of Football strategy at Anfield, Damien Comolli, is believed to be an admirer of the player, who is thought to be on a shortlist of 'five or six' players at Liverpool.

With a transfer war chest in the region of £35 million at his disposal, Hodgson is looking to mould a squad together by strengthening in several positions this month.

An attacking foil for Fernando Torres is thought to be the priority, and Elia has the potential to lift some of the goalscoring weight of expectation off the Spaniard at Liverpool.

A fee in the region of €12 million is thought to be well within the reach of the Merseysiders, and Liverpool could look to complete a deal fast amid interest from Wigan Athletic.

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