Liverpool look to lure Holtby
Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of Schalke's Lewis Holtby with a view to securing the 22-year-old on a free transfer next summer.
Sources say that the Reds are keen to talk to Holtby in January after having reignited their interest in the in-form Bundesliga midfielder, whose father is from Merseyside.
Schalke have made clear that they would be willing to keep hold of the former Alemannia Aachen youngster until the end of the season, knowing that they would only be able to yield around seven million euros (5.5m pounds) if they were to sell him in January before he becomes available on a Bosman deal.
The Anfield outfit previously monitored Everton fan Holtby following Brendan Rodgers' arrival on Merseyside.
Holtby, who has also been linked with Tottenham in recent months, is considered to be a technically gifted passer of the ball in Germany, and fits Liverpool's current recruitment model of signing young, cheap players with obvious future resale value.
Holtby has made no secret of his interest in a move to the Premier League, admitting in July playing for an English side was a goal of his.
Despite Liverpool's interest in the Schalke star, bolstering their striking options remains a priority ahead of the January transfer window and means they are in no rush to push through a move for Holtby.