Liverpool in race to sign Hleb

Liverpool have joined fellow Premier League side Queens Park Rangers in the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb before the end of the January transfer window, The Daily Mail reports. Hleb has previous Premier League experience after a three year with Arsenal before his move to the Spanish champions.

Hleb has endured a torrid time in the Nou Camp and has been sent on loan to German sides Stuttgart and Wolfsburg since his 2008 switch to Barcelona. The Belarussian is eager to get away from Pep Guardiola’s side and fancies a move back to the Premier League. Hleb’s loan spell with Wolfsburg was cut short this season due to a loss of form and fitness and he has played only four games in this campaign.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is considering his options ahead of a move for the Belarussian, who has proven he can perform in the Premier League. Dalglish is unimpressed with the current form of Dirk Kuyt and Jordan Henderson in the wide right position and sees Hleb as the perfect replacement on a bargain deal, as Hleb is being sold on a free transfer. Barcelona are releasing the player from his contract and Dalglish is monitoring the situation with a view to a move. Hleb has admitted he left Arsenal too soon and wants to move back to the Premier League, where he would prefer a move to Anfield over a move to QPR.

Liverpool face Wolves next week and Dalglish will hope to have Hleb in the squad before the game at Molineux, as the transfer window ends shortly. Reports have also suggested that Liverpool have tabled a bid for Udinese defender Mauricio Isla, but the Italian side are not interested in selling until at least the summer.

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