Hodgson looks to bring Per Mertesacker to Anfield.
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Liverpool are leading the race for Werder Bremen’s World Cup star Per Mertesacker.
Mertesacker, the 26 year-old centre-back, is now on the Kop radar after director of football Damien Comolli made a personal check on him before Christmas. Bremen are prepared to sell the 26-year-old following their exit from the Champions League – but have told any interested clubs that the bidding will start at £10million.
Comolli watched Mertesacker in action as Werder suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Kaiserslautern on December 18 in their final Bundesliga game before the German winter break.
He recommended Liverpool should make a move for the Germany international.
But Liverpool are also keen to balance their books by shipping out a central defender to make way for the highly-rated German. They will look to cash in on Daniel Agger before they make a move for Mertesacker.
Agger is being touted around Europe after being told he can leave Anfield following his fall from grace under manager Roy Hodgson. (Daily Mirror)
A move for Per Mertesacker would make a great deal of sense, especially as it seems that Roy Hodgson is still not a huge fan of Danish international Daniel Agger who appears to still be in the dog house after his comments about the style of football that Liverpool player under the current boss.
The giant German international seems very keen on leaving his Bundesliga club after seeing Werder Bremen struggle badly this season, Mertesacker’s fifth at the club, and perhaps a move to Liverpool would appeal to the reliable centre back.
There are few players of his age who have such a rich level of experience. The 26 year old is in his eighth season in the Bundesliga and has amassed an incredible 73 caps and if he can indeed be purchased for £10m then that would represent something of a bargain.
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