The Anfield club could miss out on Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar.
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Niko Kranjcar has been offered a January exit route from Spurs, but it is to Hamburg rather than Liverpool, according to a report.
The Croatia midfielder has indicated he wants to leave Tottenham in search of first-team football after dropping down the pecking order at White Hart Lane following the arrival of Rafael van der Vaart.
Liverpool were thought to be leading the race for his signature, amid rumours that the Anfield club are planning a £7 million bid.
However, German website 4-4-2 reports Hamburg have already opened talks with Spurs about Kranjcar’s availability.
According to IMScouting, the negotiations centre on a proposed deal that would see the 26-year-old move to the Bundesliga club on loan in January.
Harry Redknapp recently admitted he understood why Kranjcar may want to leave, but warned clubs chasing the ex-Portsmouth midfielder’s signature that Spurs would demand big money.
‘We’re not going to gift Niko away – he’s a top player in my opinion,’ said the Tottenham boss.
Redknapp is said to be hoping to strengthen his midfield in January, with Lyon’s France international Yoann Gourcuff rumoured to be his preferred target. (Metro)
So it seems that Tottenham would rather let Niko Kranjcar move away from England, leaving Liverpool and any other potential Premier League suitors out of the running. Kranjcar has struggled this season at White Hart Lane, and his desire to leave is understandable.
The player would be a good fit at Liverpool, who are in the market for a new midfield player, as well as a striker, this January.
Arsene Wenger is another known admirer of the Croatian midfielder, but it would seem that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp may have already made his decision about where he would like to send Kranjcar during the January transfer window.
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