Liverpool scout Spurs' Slovenian midfielder target

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Liverpool are considering a January move for Palermo midfielder and reported Tottenham target Josip Ilicic, according to Calcio Mercato.

The 24-year-old Slovenian international has been one of the Serie A side's stand-out performers so far this season, attracting attention from a number of clubs, not just in the Premier League.

It was reported yesterday that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had sent Anfield scouts to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris for Saturday night's clash between Genoa and Palermo, to run the rule over Swedish defender Andreas Granqvist.

However, speculation now suggests Liverpool were in fact taking a closer look at Ilicic, with a view to bringing him to Merseyside when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

Local rivals, Everton, are long-term admirers of the player, and according to Calcio Mercato, Spurs have also been monitoring Ilicic. Their interest stems back before the days of Andre Villas-Boas, so whether or not Liverpool will face competition from White Hart Lane, remains to be seen.

Ilicic joined Palermo from Maribor in a €2.3million deal in 2010, and after an impressive debut season in Italy signed a five-year contract extension last summer.

It's not yet clear how much the Rosanero would demand for the attacking midfielder, but one thing's for certain, they will be under no pressure to sell with four years still to run on his deal.

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