Liverpool facing £7m Gunners fight after confirmed interest

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Liverpool face competition from Arsenal in the race to sign Moussa Sissokho after the player's agent confirmed interest.

TalkSPORT reports that player representative Lamine Drame has claimed interest from Manchester City as well in the race to sign the player, who is contracted at Toulouse until 2013.

A French international with three caps to his name, Sissoko has been linked with a move to England in the past, with Kenny Dalglish thought to be keen on bringing the player to Liverpool from France.

Damien Comolli, director of football at Liverpool, is also thought to be an admirer of the player and still has connections in his homeland.

The 21-year-old recently admitted that he needs a new challenge, and has targeted the Champions League when he leaves Stadium Municipal.

"I've had four years at Toulouse, four years in which I have really progressed. Maybe it's time for me to look elsewhere," the central midfielder told L'Equipe.

"Maybe a new challenge is needed for me to reach the next level.

"I need a new challenge. I need to be playing in the Champions League, quite simply. In my head, yes, I would like to go elsewhere. Everything else is out of my control."


Arsenal have been linked with a handful of midfielders this summer, with Yann M'Vila, Scott Parker and Joey Barton all speculatively placed on the Emirates radar.

With uncertainty surrounding the future of Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas and French international Samir Nasri, Arsene Wenger is thought to be considering his transfer options should Arsenal need to find reinforcements in the transfer window.

Wenger admitted in May that he would be looking to spend money this summer, should the 'right' player become available to Arsenal, and Sissoko appears to fit the bill of the French manager.

The player previously revealed he was 'delighted' to be linked with a Liverpool move earlier in the year though, a factor that could prove pivotal as the Reds are unable to offer the player football in Europe's elite club competition this season.

However, the Reds showed considerable improvement under the Scot at the end of last season, and with the addition of Jordan Henderson for a reported £20 million have shown their ambition to break back into the top four next season.

Liverpool are also thought to be in the market for a left back, winger and striker as the club look to re-build in a number of areas for the new campaign, with a busy summer on the agenda for the Merseysiders.

Reports in France claim that Liverpool or Arsenal could land the player for £7 million.

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