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Liverpool show interest in striker Edin Dzeko and Everton's Luke Garbutt

Published 19/05/2015 | 08:55

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko

Liverpool are interested in signing Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

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Dzeko has three years left to run on his current deal at the Etihad and would demand a fee of around £25 million but is also commanding interest from Chelsea, according to the Mail's report.

Brendan Rodgers is in desperate need of a striker this summer after failing to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Burnley's Danny Ings has been a long-standing target of Rodgers', but Liverpool have also been taking a look at Aston Villa's Christian Benteke and Dzeko's team-mate at City Stevan Jovetic.

Liverpool are likely to offload Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini to help them with their transfer funds.

Raheem Sterling is preparing to formally tell Liverpool he wants to leave Anfield after his agent called for fresh talks on the winger’s future.

Manchester City are ready to move for the 20-year-old as the rift between the player and his club intensifies.

It was being suggested on Monday night that Sterling feels he is being “bullied” into agreeing a new deal and that the club have not protected him from negative publicity.

Aidy Ward, Sterling’s agent, is ­planning to meet Liverpool’s chief executive Ian Ayre ahead of the final Premier League against Stoke City.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have joined Bournemouth in showing interest in Everton left-back Luke Garbutt.

According to TalkSport, talks between Everton and the defender over a new contract have stalled, allowing Liverpool and Bournemouth to make their moves.

Garbutt's current deal is up in the summer, and while Roberto Martinez says he remains part of the club's "long term" plans, Liverpool could yet persuade him to swap the blue half of the city for red.

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