Empoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski, center, runs with the ball between Sampdoria midfielder Alfred Joseph Duncan, left, and defender Angelo Palombo during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Empoli, in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlo Baroncini)

Liverpool make £9.5 million bid for Piotr Zielinski

Liverpool have made a £9.5 million bid for Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski, according to reports on Sunday.

It’s claimed that the Reds made the bid on Saturday and that Jurgen Klopp spoke to the player himself.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Merseyside for some time, with reports suggesting an attempt to sign him on loan in January was rebuffed by current club Udinese.

Zielinski has spent the last two seasons on loan at Serie A side Empoli, and it’s claimed that Udinese want £12 million.

Napoli are also said to be interested, and offered £8.7 million plus add-on.

Their president is quoted saying: “Liverpool have made a bid for him and Zielinski wants to join them but we are trying to convince the player to join us, because we have an agreement with Udinese.”

The Echo claim Liverpool are “hopeful that the magnetic pull of Jurgen Klopp will be enough to convince the Polish international midfielder to come to Anfield.”

With the player clearly keen to move to Merseyside and seemingly having turned down Napoli, that should straight forward.

Goal‘s Melissa Reddy claims the total fee, including add-ons, is £11 million, but that Udinese are holding out for £15 million.

Liverpool’s move for Zielinski perhaps signal an end to their interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, at least for this summer.

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