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Liverpool 'regular visitors' to scout Eriksen
Liverpool are weighing up a move to sign midfielder Christian Eriksen this summer after Ajax technical director Marc Overmars confirmed that the Reds had been scouting him regularly.
Eriksen, 21, confirmed last week that he was uncertain about his long-term future at the Amsterdam Arena, and is understood to be keen to play in England. Indeed, the Denmark international, who is considered one of the brightest talents in Europe, has only one more season to run on his contract and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is expected to make a move for around £17 million as he bids to bolster his squad for next season.
"We have the list of scouts of foreign clubs who have been here recently, and Liverpool have been a regular visitor," Overmars told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "We want him to stay here for at least two more years, but the day he leaves us, he will be ready to play for the very best. He's a player even the biggest clubs in the world could do with having in their squad."
Eriksen has scored seven goals and provided nine assists in 26 league outings and is likely to attract offers from several of Europe's leading clubs this summer, though Liverpool have shortlisted alternative targets if the deal falls through.
Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa and Shakhtar Donetsk's Armenia international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan are also options for Rodgers, while the Liverpool manager has stated that he wants to make "three or four" signings before the start of next season.
Swansea's Ashley Williams has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield as Rodgers seeks to rebuild in central defence, with Jamie Carragher retiring at the end of the season and doubts over Martin Skrtel's future.
The Slovakia international has struggled for form this season, and has seen his first-team chances in the Premier League limited since Carragher was restored to the defence in January.
Karol Ksonto, Skrtel's agent, told Russia media: "He has not played as much as expected and we need to speak with the coach of Liverpool. I think the situation will be clarified at the end of the season.
"As for the interest from other clubs, this is normal for a player of the level of Skrtel. I can only add that no formal proposals have been reported to us."