Liverpool Weigh Up Move for £12m Rated Midfield Maestro: Hodgson Considers Ireland Bid

Anfield boss sets sights on Eastlands playmaker.

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Liverpool are rumoured to be interested in making a move for Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland and new Anfield boss Roy Hodgson believes that Roberto Mancini’s need to trim down his Eastlands squad could help the Merseyside in the chase for the Irish international.

The 23 year old Dublin born flair player become surplus to requirements under the Italian and looks likely to leave the club as it becomes clearer with every new addition he finds himself further away from the first team picture. The added pressure of club’s having to name 25 man squads for Premier League action may also speed a possble move up.

Roy Hodgson is hoping to acquire funds to bring in more new additions having already offloaded Albert Riera and Yossi Benayoun and its more than likely that Emiliano Insua will join Fiorentina in the very near future. Stephen Ireland may well be very keen on a move to Merseyside rather than being left to rot on the Man City bench.

It is thought that a bid in the region of £12m may be enough to persuade Mancini to sell as he looks to cut his ever expanding squad. Liverpool could well do with more creativity in their midfield and Ireland can offer them that. The former Cobh Ramblers man had two consistent seasons under Mark Hughes the guidance of Sven Goran Eriksson.

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