Liverpool director admits interest in £8m wing wizard

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Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli has confirmed the club's interest in Ashley Young.

The England international wide-man has been heavily linked with an Anfield switch in recent weeks, and the man in-charge of transfers at Liverpool confirmed the player was high on the club's wanted list.

"For Young, if he is on the market then we will be interested. But I don't believe that is the case," Comolli told Canal+Sport.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is thought to be in the market for attacking players, and recently presented a shortlist of players to the Reds board at a meeting with owner John W. Henry.

An attacking foil for Fernando Torres is thought to be the priority, and Comolli also confirmed that Liverpool are chasing Luis Suarez in the current window.


"We are looking primarily for an offensive player because the team is short on pace. He (Suarez) is one of the players we are interested in. Will he be available in January? This is another story," Comolli told the French outlet.

Young would certainly provide Liverpool with an additional pace threat down the flanks, while Suarez would help lift the weight of expectation off the Reds' Spanish strike starlet.

A handful of other players have also been linked with January moves to Anfield, but Comolli would not speak on speculation surrounding Liverpool moves for these players.

With the Villains spending £18 million on Darren Bent, Liverpool could look to chance their arm with an offer for Young, who was signed from Watford for £8 million in 2007. However, Gerard Houllier is not thought to be interested in letting one of his star players leave Villa Park.

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