Liverpool Launch Audacious Bid for Tottenham Attacker

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Reds hope to get the Icelander a year after initially trying to land the player. 

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Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers is ready to launch a move to sign unwanted Tottenham Hotspur midfield player Gylfi Sigurdsson before the summer transfer window finally closes for business for the year on Sept 2.

The Iceland international has only been at White Hart Lane for just over a year now, with the 23-year-old having originally moved to north London from Bundesliga outfit 1899 Hoffenheim last July on a four-year deal for a fee of £8 million.

And it was Tottenham who actually stole Sigurdsson from under the noses of Premier League rivals Liverpool, with Rodgers having also wanted to sign the attacking midfielder himself after working with the player during their time together at Swansea City.

However, at the time a move to the Lane appeared to be the better option for Sigurdsson, although a lot has subsequently changed at both clubs in the intervening period, especially in the capital.

The Icelander did enjoy a promising debut campaign for his new team last season, managing to find the back of the net on seven occasions in his 48 matches in total in all competitions, including netting three strikes in his 32 Premier League outings under Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, with Sigurdsson living up to his reputation as a goalscoring midfield player.

But with Tottenham now on the verge of finally selling playmaker Gareth Bale to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee of £86m, the Portuguese has been busy bringing in a number of top-level new recruits to help strength the team in all areas as they try and cope following the Wales international’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

So far, Villas-Boas has added the likes of Roberto Soldado (£26m), Paulinho (£17m) Etienne Capoue (£9m) and Nacer Chadli (£7m), however, more new arrivals are still expected at the Lane before the Sept 2 cut-off date.

And one of those new faces is expected to be that of Ajax attacking midfield player Christian Eriksen, who should shortly sign from Eredivisie champions Ajax for £12m.

All of which means that  Sigurdsson’s future at Tottenham is now under huge doubt, with Villas-Boas having told the player that he is no longer part of his first-team plans in the capital going forward this season and as such, the Icelander can start looking for a new club.

That recent development has alerted Liverpool and Rodgers, who would be keen to bring  Sigurdsson to Anfield after missing out on his signature this time last year, with the Northern Irishman expected to shortly open talks with the midfielder over a possible move to Merseyside this season.

The Reds have been on the look-out for a goalscoring midfield player all summer long to help support their current front two of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, especially with the Uruguay international still suspended until the end of next month.

Rodgers recently tried to persuade Henrik Mkrtchyan to leave Shakhtar Donetsk and move to Anfield, only for the prolific Armenian to instead opt to sign for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, while the Reds were also keen on Erkisen, before he also decided to move to Tottenham.

However, the Dane’s decision to snub the Merseysiders has actually opened the door for Liverpool to now sign Sigurdsson, a year after initially losing out on the player to Spurs, with the offer of regular first-team football under his former mentor from the Liberty stadium believed to be a contributing factors in the player’s choice of Anfield as his next port of call.

And it is expected that the Reds will offer Sigurdsson a four-year deal to move to Merseyside on wages of £80,000 per week, while the actual transfer is set to cost Liverpool £7m.

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