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Liverpool Boss Places £14m Bundesliga Hotshot at the Top of Wishlist: Hodgson Wants Kiessling

Bayer Leverkusen forward linked with Anfield move.

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German national soccer player Stefan Kiessling gestures during a training session in the Italian town of Eppan, June 1, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Bohlen (ITALY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has reportedly placed Bayer Leverkusen forward Stefan Kiessling at the top of his summer wishlist as he looks to improve his Anfield squad. Sources in Germany believe the former Fulham boss is attempting to secure funding to make a move for the highly rated 26 year old as he looks to bring in new attacking options.

Currently away on World Cup duty, Kiessling had a marvelous season last term, netting 21 Bundesliga goals making him the second top scorer behind Edin Dzeko. The spell of top form for Bayer Leverkusen has made the lanky forward a target for a number of European sides.

Hodgson will be looking to sign forwards who he believes can take the burden from Fernando Torres and may feel that soon to be signed Serbian Milan Jovanovic may not be enough to do the job, and if he can put in a decent offer for the former Nuremberg man then he may well attract the interest of the player who could have his head turned by interest shown from the Premier League side.

The 6ft 3in forward would work well in the physically robust Premier League and could work well as a foil for Torres but a lot will depend on whether owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett can find the cash to reinvest in the playing squad.

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