Liverpool eye Eljero Elia move

Liverpool, who have already signed three players this summer, are now interested in Dutch winger Eljero Elia, who is valued at around €5m, Portuguese newspaper A Bola has reported.

Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas and Kolo Toure have so far made the move to Anfield, and Elia is the latest player from around Europe to be linked with the club. Manager Brendan Rodgers might just be looking at more strength on the wing, with a large amount of Liverpool’s play last season coming through the centre.

Elia was involved as part of the Dutch team at the 2010 World Cup, coming on as a substitute in the final itself amongst other games. It was during that tournament where he won many admirers for his attacking play, possessing considerable pace and being direct, things which Rodgers might see is currently lacking in Stewart Downing and Raheem Sterling. And he also comes at a reasonable price.

The 26-year-old has not played for his country since November 2012, however, and was often substituted last season, being replaced 18 times in 22 Bundesliga starts. Elia has gone slightly off the radar since his season with Juventus in 2011-12, and a move to Liverpool could put his international career back on track.

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