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Liverpool are amongst a number of Premier League clubs keeping tabs on Fenerbache left-back Caner Erkin

25-year-old left-back Caner Erkin has caught the eye of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as the Liverpool manager steps up his search for a new fullback, according to a report on Turkish-Football.com.

Caner Erkin started his career playing for former second division Turkish side Manisapor. Following some impressive displays as he helped the club to promotion, Russian club CSKA Moscow signed the Turkish international for £3.5m

Erkin went on to gain valuable Champions League experience with the Russian champions and soon became a title winner, winning the Russian Super League. Nevertheless, after two years in Russia the left-back longed for a return to Turkey and joined giants Galatasary on loan with an option to purchase the player.

Once his loan spell had expired in the summer of 2010, Roberto Mancini’s current side Galatasary decided against signing Erkin on a permanent deal and instead the Liverpool target signed for Gala’s big domestic rivals Fenerbache on a 4-year deal for a reported €2m.

According to Caner Erkin’s representative Batur Altiparmak, his client had been the subject of a lot of interest from the Premier League – yet they had yet to receive an offer as Erkin’s current contract enters the final six months. Batur Altiparmak spoke to the Turkish press

"A few Premier League clubs have been scouting Caner and a few are interested,"

"However, no offers have been made yet."

"Caner is happy at Fenerbahçe and will hold talks with the club first."

Brendan Rodgers will see Caner Erkin as the ideal long-term solution to his left-back problem. The defender can play more as a wingback, which will be perfect in Liverpool’s fluid formation – especially when the Reds play three at the back.

He currently plays alongside former Liverpool hero Dirk Kuyt, who also likely has nothing but positives to say about his former side.

Erkin certainly likes to get forward, and has an eye for making key passes and through balls. From his fullback position, he currently tops the Turkish Super League assists charts with nine and he has also found the net twice.

With information that his contract is up in the summer, Brendan Rodgers is free to start negotiating now and perhaps he should before it’s too late.

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