Liverpool face €15m Spurs fight over Dutch international

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Liverpool face competition from Spurs in the race to sign Dutch international midfielder Vurnon Anita.

The 22-year-old defensive midfielder earned rave reviews in the Eredivisie for his performances at the Amsterdam Arena last season, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger linked with a move for the Ajax player back in January.

However, fresh reports claim the highly-rated youngster is now being tracked by Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, with agent Harry Lulofs confirming both the Reds and Spurs are interested.

“The way I understand things, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are the two interested teams. They have not approached me, though, and I have not been in touch with Ajax either, to ask whether there has been contact with other clubs,” said Lulofs.

Speculation comes less than a month after Anita penned a new two-year deal with Ajax, and at the time the player told the official Godenzonen website: "It was an easy decision." The contract is reported to contain a €15 million release clause.

A product of the club's famed academy, the versatile youth product is thought to have emerged on the radar of the Merseysiders and fits in with the Liverpool policy of bringing young players to the club.


Damien Comolli, director of football at Liverpool, is working alongside Dalglish on transfer targets this summer and is thought to be an admirer of the player.

The former Tottenham Hotspur director has witnessed the addition of Jordan Henderson at Anfield last week, and Liverpool are also thought to be chasing a left back, winger and striker.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also looking to build his squad this summer, telling chairman Daniel Levy to bring three 'fantastic' players to White Hart Lane in the window.

With Wilson Palacios expected to make a Tottenham Hotspur exit, a move for Anita could be on the cards, although it's unlikely that a move to north London will happen without a fight from Liverpool.

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