Liverpool quoted £20m for England striker

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Tottenham have reportedly told Liverpool they must spend £20 million in order to capture Jermain Defoe during the January transfer window.

It was claimed on Monday that the Reds were monitoring Defoe's situation at White Hart Lane as Kenny Dalglish scours the market for goalscoring reinforcements.

And now, according to The Mirror, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has quoted Liverpool double their original £10 million estimation of the England striker.

Defoe has been in fine form when called upon this season, but has started only seven times in the league, which has seen him frequently linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.

Harry Redknapp confirmed on Friday that a number of clubs were keeping tabs on the 29-year-old, although maintained he is not for sale.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are keen to bolster their strikeforce following suspension to Luis Suarez and the prolificacy of Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt.

Liverpool are said to be closing on a new recruit - according to former Red Bruce Grobbelaar - who claims a South American forward is on his way to Anfield.

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