Ex-Liverpool hitman in Milan sights - reports

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Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is being linked with a January move from Lazio to AC Milan.

The French international forward, who has forced his way back into international reckoning after a fine start to the season at the Stadio Olimpico, appears resurrected after moving from Panathinaikos in the Greek Super League to Serie 'A'.

And now fresh reports in Italy claim AC Milan are monitoring the player, with coach Massimiliano Allegri taking notice after Cisse struck against his side in a 2-2 draw this season.

The path of Cisse has rarely run smooth in a career blighted by injury. The 30-year-old began his career with Auxerre before Liverpool spent £14 million on bringing the player to Anfield in 2004.

Gerard Houllier was instrumental in setting-up the deal, but his exit from the club had put the move in doubt. Despite not having a manager at the time, Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry pushed through the move to beat off competition from Real Madrid.

Despite scoring a penalty in the famous shoot-out win over AC Milan and the club's opener in the FA Cup win over West Ham in 2006 (on penalties), Cisse's time at Liverpool is remembered for a horror leg break suffered away at Blackburn in October '04.


He made a return quicker than expected, but after a second season spent on the wing under Rafa Benitez, Cisse left Liverpool the following summer on loan and then permanently to Marseille.

After a loan spell with Sunderland, he moved to Panathanaikos in 2009 and is now with Lazio after joining for a fee in the region of €5.8 million.

Another move, to the San Siro, could be on the cards if the reports are to be believed, and few Liverpool fans would begrudge the player a swan-song with the Rossoneri.

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