Liverpool & Arsenal battle for Turkish teen

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Liverpool and Arsenal are set to go head-to-head in a race to sign Hakan Calhanoglu.

The Sunday People reports that both the Reds and Gunners have sent 'spies' to watch the 19-year-old in action for Hamburg, and are on alert in case the attacking midfielder is made available for transfer.

Unlikely to make the Champions League this season, the Bundesliga outfit are set to miss out on the financial rewards that come with Europe's premier club competition, and may need to sell to balance the books.

If the one-cap Turkish international is to leave the Imtech Arena, then he'd have his pick of clubs, the paper claims, and two of those will come from the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers is looking to add to his Liverpool squad in January, with questions over their depth in a season when the Merseyside giants are challenging for the title.

An injury to Philippe Coutinho highlighted the problem earlier in the season for the Reds, who have hit top form off the back of Luis Suarez's superb run of form.

And, the arrival of Calhanoglu would add further to Liverpool's growing reputation, with plenty of youngsters getting their opportunity to shine at Anfield.

However, competition comes in the shape of Arsenal, and manager Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman is reported to be a huge admirer of the teenage talent, with the paper claiming that the Gunners have already made an enquiry over his availability.

A deal is yet to be struck for the Emirates Stadium outfit though, and Arsenal will need to negotiate hard if they want to beat their rivals to the signing.

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