Liverpool plot £14m raid on long-term Gunners target - reports

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Liverpool are being linked with a £14 million raid on long-term Arsenal target Jadson.

TalkSPORT reports that the Brazilian international is being lined-up as a replacement for Lucas Leiva, who is out for the season on Merseyside after damaging his Anterior Cruciate Knee ligament in the League Cup in midweek.

Speculation is already rife over which midfielders Kenny Dalglish will be chasing in January, with Jadson joining Yann M'Vila and Seydou Keita as possible Liverpool targets when the transfer window re-opens.

Should the Scot decide against looking to bring a new face to Anfield, academy graduate Jay Spearing could be handed the midfield reigns, with Liverpool club captain Steven Gerrard still out through injury.

Whilst it's noted that the Shakhtar Donetsk star would not be a 'like-for-like' replacement for Lucas, the 28-year-old would be able to fill a number of possible roles within the Liverpool midfielder, with his versatility enabling Jadson to play in both a defensive and attacking role.

Arsenal, meanwhile, were heavily linked with a move for the player during the summer.

Arsene Wenger was reported to have courted the player in the Ukraine over the later stages of last term, but instead opted to bring Mikel Arteta to the Emirates.

Yossi Benayoun was also drafted in by the Arsenal boss on loan as the Frenchman looked to shuffle his pack during a treacherous start to the season.

Per Mertesacker, Park Chu-Young, Andre Santos, Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were also drafted in, and the tide appears to have turned after a positive run of results in the Barclays Premier League.

It's claimed the Gunners would have had to pay in the region of £14 million to bring the player to north London, a figure the Reds will have to match if they want Jadson.

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