Liverpool plotting £7m move for Serie A star

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Liverpool appear keen to bolster their midfield unit, with reports suggesting that the Merseyside outfit are plotting a bid for Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.

According to The Metro, the Reds have been told of the player's desire to ply his trade in the Premier League and are now planning a £7 million January offer for the Udinese star who was reportedly recommended to Brendan Rodgers by his scouting team.

23-year-old Badu, who moved to Stadio Friuli in January 2010, is already an established international with 41 senior caps to his name for his native Ghana and was supposedly scouted in the past by the likes of North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham.

The defensive midfielder has made 11 appearances for Francesco Guidolin's side in Serie A so far this season, but has been an unused substitute during their last three outings against Napoli, Torino and Livorno.

Liverpool, who slipped to fifth in the Premier League this weekend following Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, had begun the season in terrific form - defying somewhat modest pre-season expectations to find themselves in the thick of the title race.

A critical lack of immediate depth appears to have hindered them somewhat in recent times, however, and the powerful Badu would presumably provide stiff competition for the likes of Joe Allen and Lucas at Anfield.

Rodgers, who is in his second season as Liverpool boss following his arrival after a successful stint in charge of Swansea City, was forced to bring 19-year-old Brad Smith off the bench in West London yesterday following an injury to Allen and would presumably be keen to ensure that he has greater options at his disposal during the second half of the season.


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