Liverpool target £12m PSV winger as Theo Walcott alternative

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Liverpool are being linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven winger Dries Mertens.

The Sunday Mirror claims Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is watching the 14-cap Belgian international, and views the player as a £12 million alternative to Arsenal star Theo Walcott.

Mertens moved to the Philips Stadion in the summer of 2011, signing a five-year deal with the club after completing a £13m joint-transfer with Kevin Strootman from FC Utrecht.

But, despite having over three-and-a-half years left on his current deal, Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Mertens. Indeed, a source close to the player revealed at the start of October that the Reds were keen on bringing the player to Merseyside.

Liverpool first wanted Mertens when Kenny Dalglish was manager but they are still making their interest well known,” a source is quoted as saying in the Metro.

“He would obviously love to play for such a prestigious club in English football but right now he can only focus on producing strong performances for PSV.”

Theo Walcott has been linked with a move to Liverpool on a number of occasions since the closing stages of the summer transfer window, with the winger’s Arsenal contract set to expire at the end of the season and a breakthrough yet to be made in negotiations.

The Daily Mail reported last weekend that both clubs would be willing to settle on a £10 million transfer fee for the England man in January, but with a lack of Champions League football on offer at Anfield, Walcott may not be willing to leave the Emirates Stadium for the Europa League.

If that scenario does pan out and Walcott sticks with the Gunners, then Mertens could be the next option for Liverpool.

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