Reported Liverpool target: 'It's my dream to play in England'

Liverpool target Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has expressed interest in moving to Anfield.

The Reds are believed to be on the market for a defensive midfielder with Lucas Leiva the only current option in this regard – with the chase leading them to Serie A.

According to Sky Sport Italia the Reds are in pursuit of Udinese’s Badu, the news having broken when minnows Chievo were warned of competition upon making an enquiry on his availability.

At just 23 the Zebrette man has plenty of upside – even if his opportunities have been limited by tackling machine Allan this term – boasting 41 caps for Ghana already in his young career.

And Badu has now addressed Liverpool’s supposed interest directly – looking quite positively on the prospect of joining up with Brendan Rodgers’ side and the Premier League in general.

"I have not heard anything from my agent - at the moment it is all speculation," he noted to Goal.

"We played against Liverpool in the Europa League last year so I know all about them.

“They are a really good team who have been performing well this season and I would be very happy to join them.

"We will have to see what happens in the next two weeks - because it has always been my dream to play in England.

"I’m settled in Italy but the chance to play for such a big club is something I couldn’t pass up."

If Liverpool have indeed engaged with Udinese directly to purchase Badu, it in turn seems a distinct possibility the Ghanaian could be donning a Reds shirt by the end of January.

For one, the 23-year-old has stated as clearly as can be that he’s open to a move – whilst his Serie A employers may be inclined to cash in after four years with Allan the main man in holding midfield.

Of course, there are no certainties on the market – Badu’s agent will be a factor and Udinese are notoriously demanding when it comes to fees – but a move may well be in motion.

So stay tuned – Liverpool may have found their man, though the lengths they’ll go to for his services are yet to be seen.

image: © Vincent Teeuwen

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