Liverpool to scout Mahmoud Dahoud for Germany U21s

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Liverpool are set to scout Germany U21 midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud on Tuesday night, at manager Jurgen Klopp’s request.

Dahoud was the subject of major interest from the Reds during the summer transfer window, but remained with Borussia Monchengladbach beyond the August 31 deadline.

This came due to Gladbach’s reluctance to part with the 20-year-old following the sale of Granit Xhaka to Arsenal.

But Klopp has been undeterred in his pursuit of Dahoud, with reports suggesting he will target him and fellow Bundesliga star Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund forward, again in the future.

In the meantime, the Reds will need to keep tabs on Dahoud’s progress, and this is set to continue on Tuesday night, as the Germany U21s take on Finland for their European U21 Championship qualifier.

According to German publication Express Klopp has sent scouts to Seinajoki to watch Dahoud, who would likely be primed for a key midfield role if he joined Liverpool in the future.

The suggestion is that Liverpool will move again for Dahoud in the January transfer window, though it is more likely that he would leave the club next summer.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 8, 2015: VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach's Mahmoud Dahoud in action against Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group D match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dahoud is currently in the final two years of his contract with Gladbach, and despite talks ongoing throughout the summer, he has shown no sign of extending his terms.

In fact, as Tony Barrett, formerly of the Times, has revealed in his first column for JOE.co.uk, Dahoud shares an agent with Reds midfielder Emre Can.

Liverpool have met with Reza Fazeli on a number of occasions throughout the summer to discuss an improved contract for Can, and their positive relationship has ensured that are in the “box seat” when it comes to signing Dahoud.

Of course, Klopp could take this opportunity to keep an eye on a number of promising German talents, with Dahoud joined by the likes of Mitchell Weiser and Levin Oztunali in Stefan Kuntz’s squad.

Dahoud was reported in August to have a release clause of around £8.5 million in his current contract, to be activated next summer, though whether this is credible is unclear.

The likelihood is Liverpool will scout all manner of players between now and January, but this particularly trip seems to be significant.



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