Liverpool line up shock move for £15m new Gerrard partner

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Liverpool are reportedly monitoring West Ham star Scott Parker.

The 30-year-old has been in sensational form again for the Hammers this season and has consistently been linked with a move away from Upton Park.

Parker has stated that he has no desire to leave West Ham, but it comes as no surprise that he is wanted by a number of clubs - including Tottenham - and The Guardian now reports Liverpool are interested in his signature.

However, Liverpool are expected to have to spend big to bring the former Chelsea midfielder to Anfield, after Spurs were told that they would have to pay £15 million for his services.

“I like Scott Parker but for about £15million and at 30 years old he is not a Tottenham buy," said Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

“Daniel [Levy] wouldn’t buy a player of that age. It’s a lot of money and big wages.”

But, according to The Mirror, Kenny Dalglish will ask to be backed in the transfer market during a meeting with owners New England Sports Ventures this week and hopes to bring in a midfielder to partner Anfield hero Steven Gerrard.

The new Liverpool boss is thought to have identified Parker as the man to play alongside Gerrard, but whether the Anfield club will launch a bid remains to be seen.

Parker would certainly provide a competent foil for the Liverpool skipper, allowing him greater freedom and the chance to link up with Fernando Torres.

The acquisition of a new striker to play with Torres is also a priority for Liverpool, and they have been linked with moves for Ajax captain Luis Suarez and Roma hotshot Mirko Vucinic.

And, despite Dalglish said to have drawn up a shortlist of potential candidates, he has stated that he will allow Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli to look after transfer dealings.

"There is so much demand on a manager's time that it is important to have someone actively organising people, going to see either teams for reports on matches or individual players," said the Liverpool legend.

"I think it is a fantastic help and I don't have a problem with Damien."

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