Could Liverpool engineer a Sneijder-Sahin swap deal?

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Liverpool are determined to make a splash this January - One of the more ambitious names they have been linked with is Wesley Sneijder.

Earlier this week Wesley Sneijder was linked with a move, no surprise there - He has been in and out of the gossip columns for a couple of years. But instead of a switch to Manchester United, Manchester City or Tottenham, this time it was Liverpool as his suggested destination.

The Dutchman is unsettled at Inter Milan and is likely to be open to a move amid being left out of the starting line-up prior to an injury. Since he almost signed for United in the summer of 2011, Inter have been through three different managers and their different tactical systems have failed to work to Sneijder's benefits. 

"Clearly it’s best for everyone concerned that in January I am transferred." - He is quoted as saying.

At 27, the player who starred at World Cup 2010 still surely has much to offer, the question is just over who will sign him.

Gazetta dello Sport claimed earlier this week it could be Liverpool, although the player himself was quick to confirm there have so far been no bids or any developments so far.

One interesting angle which is unrelated but may end up being so is the future of Nuri Sahin, currently on loan from Real Madrid at Liverpool.

The Turk has been in and out of Liverpool's side, and despite looking promising around October time, has failed to earn a place in the squad of late. His last appearance in the Premier League was almost a month ago when Liverpool took on Chelsea.

Reports have since surfaced this month that Liverpool are looking to offload him. They have an agreement with Madrid, which means the Reds are stuck paying his wages until the season ends; unless they can find someone willing to take him on.

That's where Inter come in; it has been reported in the Mirror that Inter want Sahin in their midfield until the end of the season, so there is clearly potential for Liverpool to negotiate for Sneijder.

In fact you could argue that being able to offer Sahin for a few months plus cash would give them an edge in the Sneijder race, who wouldn't be taking a step down in European football terms; as Inter don't have Champions League football to offer themselves.

Bringing Sneijder in, even on a loan deal has to be tempting for Liverpool, who will of course have to negotiate his own high wage demands, but as Rodgers looks to implement a thriving passing game, who could be better than one of the world's best passers to supply the bullets to Luis Suarez?

It would be an ambitious move, but that's just what Liverpool fans want to see - proof that they are still capable of affording and attracting the best players in Europe.

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