Liverpool and Arsenal confirmed in chase for £10 million defender

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Liverpool have joined the race to sign German international centre-back Per Mertesacker, according to reports.

Mertesacker has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League and has admitted he would be ‘attracted’ to the proposition of a switch.

Arsenal have been chasing him since the summer but instead preferred to sign both Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny.

Now, though Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to add even more depth to his defensive ranks with Thomas Vermaelen nursing a long-term injury and the French pair struggling to settle into life at the Gunners’ Emirates Stadium home.

However, Arsenal are reportedly chasing a cheaper option – Liverpool’s wantaway Dane Daniel Agger – which will lead the Anfield club to swoop for Mertesacker.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has made no secret of his interest in strengthening his attack but Liverpool’s defence has also come under fore recently, with Jamie Carragher currently on the sidelines and Agger seemingly leaving Anfield.

During the summer Mertesacker admitted his interest in leaving Werder Bremen for a bigger club on the continent and, with the club in the bottom half of the Bundesliga, he could express his interest in a move yet again.

"There are certainly attractive clubs abroad. In particular, clubs that have been playing for years in the Champions League," he told German newspaper Bild.

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