White Hart Lane and Anfield sides fight over Ajax star Luis Suarez.
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Liverpool and Tottenham are locked in a battle for Luis Suarez after both clubs approached Ajax over a January move, Goal.com UK can reveal.
The Uruguayan star is believed to favour a move to Spurs but Liverpool could yet trump their Premier League rivals as Ajax want around €23 million for the striker now they have sparked a bidding war. They had initially made Suarez available for €20m (£16.8m) but due to cash problems are determined to get the best possible deal.
Goal.com UK understands the Dutch club have indicated they are ready to cash in on their prize asset in the January transfer window despite the player claiming over the weekend that he would be staying in Amsterdam.
Suarez is leaning towards Tottenham due to their more competitive league position and for personal reasons, as he would prefer to bring up his young daughter in London.
As Goal.com UK revealed on Saturday, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has identified the World Cup star as his number No.1 striker target after dropping his interest in Andy Carroll and chairman Daniel Levy is due to step up talks this week.
But Liverpool have also been tracking the 23-year-old for a number of months and director of football strategy Damien Comolli has also registered his interest with Ajax as he prepares to take on his former club for one of the hottest properties in Europe.
“Ajax have received approaches from both clubs, although nothing is imminent,” a source told Goal.com UK. (Goal.com)
Both Tottenham and Liverpool have equal need for a new striker. Harry Redknapp seems unhappy with what his current international quartet who managed 37 goals between them last season but have a total of just six this. Clearly Luis Suarez will be cup tied for any Champions League action but could still be a very useful asset in the race to secure another top four finish and at 23 has a lot to offer down the road.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and the club’s Director of Football Damien Comolli, formerly of Spurs, know that having just one effective attacking weapon in Fernando Torres is bad enough, but when the weapon is not even firing properly they are even more hamstrung and whilst David Ngog has improved he is still some way short of being the finished article.
Ajax are in a financial pickle. They are heavily in debt and need to offload a star or two balance the books but given that the Uruguayan has made it clear he is not a happy bunny and is also out with a seven match ban for biting an opponent, then perhaps it makes sense for the Eredivisie side to cash in on Suarez.
Whilst Ajax would miss a player who has scored 110 goals in three and a half seasons, any team would, new boss Frank De Boer does have a number of attractive attacking prospects to call upon including current top scorer Mounir El Hamdaoui.
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