Rumour Mill: Liverpool “plotting” £25 million January bid for Mahmoud Dahoud

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Liverpool are claimed to be preparing a £25 million bid for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud in January.

Dahoud was a primary target for Reds manager Jurgen Klopp this summer, but remained with Gladbach, with the Bundesliga side unwilling to sanction his departure.

However, with the 20-year-old so far not likely to sign a new contract with the club, he could move on in the near future.

According to the Express‘ Neil Fissler, this will see the Reds offer £25 million to secure his services in January.

Liverpool are said to have scouted Dahoud throughout 2016/17, including for the Germany U21s, and Gladbach in the Champions League against Manchester City on Wednesday night.

This is Anfield’s James Nalton was also on hand at the Etihad Stadium to witness Dahoud’s performance, highlighting the youngster’s creativity, industry and tactical intelligence.

Dahoud would be the third midfield signing of Klopp’s reign, following Marko Grujic and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Wijnaldum has settled in well alongside Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, and while Emre Can is also set to come in, it can be argued that Liverpool could still benefit from further options.

Sharing an agent with Can, it is feasible that Dahoud could make the switch to Merseyside.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Borussia Monchengladbach's Mahmoud Dahoud battle for the ball during the Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Whether Klopp will actually make a move for Dahoud in January, however, is questionable.

Fissler also notes an £8.3 million release clause in Dahoud’s current contract, which can be activated next summer, making a big-money January offer seriously poor value for money.

Furthermore with the Express a largely shaky source beyond Liverpool correspondent Paul Joyce, the veracity of Fissler’s claim is dubious.

Gladbach’s No. 8 taking up Steven Gerrard’s old shirt at Anfield seems quite possible, but perhaps more likely next summer than in January.

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