Dalglish targets £9m former United starlet as first Liverpool signing

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Liverpool are being linked with a January move for Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross.

The former England U21 international has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in recent seasons after two successful campaigns at the Britannia Stadium, and new Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has reportedly earmarked the player as a potential January addition.

Former Anfield chief Roy Hodgson was also thought to be interested in the player, and Liverpool legend Dalglish will continue the chase for the player as he looks to bolster his squad on Merseyside, claims the Metro.

Shawcross started his career as a youth at Manchester United, joining the Old Trafford club in 2002. After three years in the junior ranks, Sir Alex Ferguson would give the centre back his debut in 2006.

Manchester United would loan the player to Royal Antwerp and then Stoke City, a club he would leave Old Trafford permanently for in 2008.

His former employers have been linked with a move for Shawcross, most notably in the summer, and Liverpool could face competition from Manchester United in a race to sign the player this month.

Liverpool owners NESV have pledged transfer funds to Dalglish as the Scot looks to re-build his new squad, and whilst an attacking foil for Fernando Torres is thought to be a priority, a defender is also high on the agenda.

Per Mertesacker, Chris Samba and Robert Huth have all been linked with Anfield switches in recent weeks, but if the reports are to be believed it appears the new Liverpool boss has highlighted 23-year-old Shawcross as his top defensive target.

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