Tottenham Hotspur fight Liverpool for £10 million star

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Tottenham Hotspur have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Lazio's highly-rated midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, according to the Daily Star.

Premier League title-chasing Liverpool nearly purchased the 21-year-old back in January but the move fell through when a deal could not be agreed.

Now Spurs are interested in succeeding where the Reds failed by luring the young Nigerian to White Hart Lane, after he impressed in a Europa League game between the two clubs in 2012.

Franco Baldini - technical director for the North Londoners - has links with the Serie A club following his work at their rivals Roma, and will be nicely placed to work on a deal.

Brendan Rodgers' side remain interested too, however, and both clubs will try and thrash-out a move before Onazi adds to his 19-caps for his country at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.  

Onazi has become an established member of Lazio's midfield and is the bright spark in a mostly disappointing campaign for the side who are back in ninth place. 

The 5ft 8in star is known for his defensive qualities in midfield, as both Liverpool and Tottenham search for some stability in those areas.

It's back to the drawing board for Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy. The club spent nearly £100 million last summer following a record sale of Gareth Bale, but the spree has failed to land success as expensive signings such as Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Paulinho have failed to make the grade.

Andre Villas-Boas saw his contract terminated towards the end of 2013, while his replacement Tim Sherwood failed to guide the club to the Champions League.

The Reds have had a far more accomplished campaign having turned a seventh place finish last year in a title charge, their qualification into Europe's top competition, however, means that they will need more options in a currently small squad. 

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