Rumour Mill: Liverpool preparing £26 million bid for Mahmoud Dahoud in January

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Liverpool could be set to renew their interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud with a £26 million bid in January.

Dahoud was a primary target for the Reds in the summer, but remained in Germany, with Gladbach having already seen Granit Xhaka and Havard Nordtveit depart for the Premier League.

However, the 20-year-old’s fortunes have diminished in the following months, with Dahoud having made just four starts in the Bundesliga so far this season.

Gladbach manager Andre Schubert has preferred Tobias Strobl in his place, and in October suggested Dahoud was struggled to cope with the scrutiny following speculation over his future.

Liverpool could look to capitalise on this situation, with German publication Express claiming they are set to make a bid of around £26 million in the January transfer window.

Dahoud is believed to have stalled on contract talks at Borussia-Park, with his head potentially turned by Jurgen Klopp‘s interest.

The Syrian-born star’s current deal expires in 2018, putting Liverpool in a strong position in the coming windows.

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

Dahoud was previously reported to have a release clause of £8.5 million in his contract, which could be activated next summer.

Whether this is accurate remains to be seen, but a January move would see Liverpool pre-empt any advances from elsewhere, with Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur also said to be interested.

Signing Dahoud would bolster Klopp’s midfield ranks significantly, and though it seems unlikely he would command a regular starting role immediately, he would certainly add competition.

Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can have all impressed in the middle of the park so far this season, while Marko Grujic and Kevin Stewart are also available.

Furthermore, Philippe Coutinho has dropped back into the Reds’ midfield three at times, while Ovie Ejaria could potentially fill in.

Dahoud’s role in this three-man unit would likely be either as the deep-lying No. 6 or the more defensive of Klopp’s box-to-box midfielders, with industry a key feature of his game.

For £26 million, Dahoud would still be a worthwhile signing, though reports are far from steadfast at this stage.

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