Report: Liverpool keen on Hannover skipper Lars Stindl

Liverpool are said to be planning a double raid of Hannover, with Lars Stindl joining midfield partner Leonardo Bittencourt on the club's transfer wishlist.

Following a report from Sport Bild linking Liverpool with a swoop for Hannover’s Leonardo Bittencourt, the Daily Star have claimed that the Reds are also looking at teammate Lars Stindl.

Stindl, 26, has been a regular in the Hannover midfield since arriving from Karlsruher SC in 2010, making 147 total appearances, while also grabbing 19 goals and 27 assists thanks to his penchant for getting forward.

Handed the captain’s armband in the wake of Steve Cherundolo’s retirement last March, the former German Under-21 international missed the first 10 league fixtures of this season after rupturing knee ligaments in his side’s DFB Cup opener, but has since returned to record three goals and three assists in seven games.

While he has another 18 months left to run on his contract, Bild have revealed that the €7 million-rated skipper has a clause in his deal that would allow him to leave Hannover for just €3 million at the end of the campaign, prompting interest from a number of clubs.

With Liverpool set to lose Steven Gerrard in the summer, and Lucas Leiva’s future uncertain, manager Brendan Rodgers is planning to lure both him and Bittencourt to Anfield, per the Star, although there is competition.

Bild have added that Bundesliga trio Schalke, Monchengladbach and Leverkusen are all pursuing Stindl, with the former rumoured to be in advanced talks in order to steal a march on summer chasers, meaning an approach might need to be made as soon as this month.

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