Altintop can play anywhere across the midfield and also as a wing-back

Liverpool are planning a move for Real Madrid utility man Hamit Altintop, according to the Metro.

Altintop's current deal at the Santiago Bernabeu runs for another three years but it is understood that the Reds have made an approach to try and convince the player that his career would be better served with a move to England.

The 29-year-old is highly versatile and can play anywhere across the midfield and also as a wing-back, which is of obvious appeal to any suitors. Altintop is understood to be ready to quit Madrid after making only five league appearances for the La Liga champions this season, following his free transfer from Bayern Munich last summer.

The report says that the Turkish international could now move to Anfield for around fee of £2 million.

Altintop, who enjoyed eight successful years in Germany, for clubs such as Schalke and Bayern, has long been linked with the Premier League.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is reportedly targeting up to five fresh signings in the summer but wants to improve on his transfer budget by selling some of the club's high-earners, including Dutchman Dirk Kuyt, who has only managed two goals in 26 league appearances this season.

Hamburg chairman Carl-Edgar Jarchow has revealed he is keen to speak with Kuyt's representatives about a possible deal for the 31-year-old.

"Until now there have been no negotiations. We have to sit down with the player and his agent to find a solution. The level of wages in the Premier League is very different to ours. Whether there is the possibility of a move remains to be seen," ESPN quoted Jarchow as saying.

Hamburg manager Thorsten Fink has also praised Kuyt and said that the former Feyenoord man would be a welcome addition to the ranks at the Imtech Arena.

"He [Kuyt] has class, and he is also a fighter. There is nothing more that needs to be said about the quality of this player. Whether this is something we feel we want to commit to, we will see," Fink said.

Galatasaray and Feyenoord have also expressed an interest in signing Kuyt if he leaves Merseyside this summer.