FIFTH Premier League club enter the race for Hamburg starlet

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Hakan Calhanoglu is attracting widespread interest from suitors across Europe and Liverpool are the latest club said to be readying a move.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been spotted scouting Hamburg's teenage midfield sensation Hakan Calhanoglu, according to a report in BILD.

Rodgers is not the first manager to be alerted to the Turkish schemer's talents, however, with Liverpool becoming the fifth Premier League club after Arsenal, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs to enter the race for his signature.

La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid are also believed to be interested in Calhanoglu, who has been one of the breakthrough stars of the Bundesliga season.

Calhanoglu, who has developed a penchant for scoring free-kicks, including a wonder strike shown below in a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at the end of February, has impressed his suitors by netting 10 goals in just 24 appearances in his maiden campaign at first-team level.

Hamburg sit just one point and one place above the drop zone and will likely have to sell their best players in order to raise adequate funds to offset their current financial problems, which would be exacerbated by relegation.

Calhanoglu is widely considered one of HSV's most valuable assets but it remains to be seen whether Die Rothosen would be able to command a considerable fee if they do finish in the bottom two.

The report also quotes the club's Sports Director Oliver Kreuzer as saying: "Selling Hakan [Calhanoglu] is not an option, we have to find other ways."

The 20-year-old put pen to paper on a new contract in February which does not include a release clause until 2018, something Hamburg will hope creates a bidding war between interested clubs.

Any potential Liverpool deal for Calhanoglu may have ramifications on the Reds' pursuit of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk wideman Yevhen Konoplyanka, who they failed to sign on deadline day in January and had been widely tipped to move for once more in the summer.

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