Liverpool plotting move for £15m PSV star

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Liverpool could be set to bolster their squad, with reports suggesting that they are weighing up a move for Swedish star Ola Toivonen. 

According to the Daily Mirror, the Reds are exploring a potential loan move for the PSV Eindhoven midfielder until the end of the 2013/14 season when the transfer window re-opens in the new year.

Brendan Rodgers appears to be keen to improve his options in the middle of the pitch, with inspirational captain Steven Gerrard having recently suffered a hamstring injury that could keep him out of action for a month.

Liverpool do have players - including the likes of Brazilian Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen - ready and able to deputise for Gerrard, but face a further shortfall with Jordan Henderson also struggling with an ankle injury sustained after a wild challenge from Kevin Nolan that earned the West Ham captain a straight red card during the Hammers' 4-1 defeat at Anfield on Saturday.

27-year-old Toivonen, who joined PSV from Malmo in 2009 and has been previously been rated at around £15 million, is an extremely versatile player who has appeared in all but three of the club's league games so far this season as Phillip Cocu's men have struggled badly to keep up with the likes of Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax at the summit of the Eredivisie.

Cocu would surely loathe to lose a player of Toivonen's quality, but Liverpool could have a decisive advantage in the fact that the Sweden international - who was an unused substitute for his country during both legs of their recent heartbreaking World Cup playoff defeat to Portugal - will see his current contract expire at the end of the current campaign.

As such, if Liverpool were indeed to successfully entice the player to Anfield in January, his ensuing stint on Merseyside could almost be viewed as a trial of sorts to determine if he is capable of making a long-term impact in the Premier League.

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