Liverpool plot surprise move for £11m powerhouse as Emre Can replacement

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Liverpool have seemingly kick-started their search for an Emre Can replacement as the German edges closer towards a likely Anfield exit.

The midfielder has been tipped to sign for Juventus on a free transfer when his contract runs out at the end of the season.

Can and Liverpool remain locked into stuttering negotiations over a new deal, with disputes over the 23-year-old’s desired release clause having supposedly been a key factor in talks breaking down in recent months.

A regular dose of potential replacements in the media has seen Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama surface as a surprise target.

The Reds are weighing up a move for the Kenyan, according to the Daily Mail.

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Wanyama is a name fresh in the memory on Merseyside after his stunning equaliser in a recent 2-2 draw at Anfield.

The defensive midfielder certainly marks the mould of player Liverpool would certainly benefit from acquiring, although there is little to indicate Spurs will be prepared to lose the former Southampton man.

His season arguably remains in its early stages following his lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The 26-year-old signed for Tottenham for £11million in summer 2016 and has since established a formidable partnership with Mousa Dembélé, as well as proving to be stern protection for one of the best defences in the league.

It’s only natural for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to begin planning for life without Can, especially with the summer transfer window set to experience the newly-enforced early deadline.

With Naby Keita set to inject added box-to-box expertise upon his eventual arrival from RB Leipzig, pursuing an orthodox holding midfielder may be the logical route to take.

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