By Alex Stevens
Liverpool have a 35 per cent chance of signing Borussia Mochengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud in the January window, according to a report.
ESPN FC claim the Merseyside giants will make a push to sign the Germany Under-21 international next month.
It is said Liverpool face competition from Premier League rivals as well as European big hitters Bayern Munich and Juventus to land Dahoud, 20.
The central midfielder has reportedly been on Liverpool’s radar for some time on the back of a 2015-16 campaign in which he emerged as one of the outstanding young central midfielders in Europe.
Dahoud scored five goals and supplied nine assists in 32 Bundesliga matches last season and, after a slow start to the new campaign, is start to find his feet.
The German has made 15 appearances in all competitions, although his return of one goal and two assists pales in comparison with his 2015-16 productivity.
ESPN report that Liverpool have a 35 per cent chance of landing Dahoud in January, at a time when his club are trying to extend his contract, which has just 18 months to run.
“Borussia Monchengladbach is working on extending Dahoud’s contract,” read the report. “It expires in 2018 but, next June, will have an exit clause worth around 10 million euros. Liverpool will make a push to sign the midfielder in January, but there will be competition from other Premier League clubs, as well as Bayern Munich and Juventus.”
Football Insider verdict:
The Bundesliga is providing fertile ground for Liverpool’s talent spotters, with Roberto Firmino, Joel Matip, Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger all making the move from Germany to Merseyside over the last 18 months. Dahoud was closely linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer on the back of an eyecatching breakthrough campaign for Mochengladbach and speculation about him becoming the latest Klopp imports from his homeland is never far away. It is easy to see why he has caught the eye of Klopp and his network of scouts. Dahoud is young, exciting, lavishly talented and with his best years ahead of him. He could also be available a bargain price, something that Liverpool’s frugal American owners will consider to be a massive advantage.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have scouted a priority January signing every match for two months.