Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
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Liverpool's chances of signing Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has significantly improved after he admitted that he could leave Udinese if a top club are keen on signing him in the summer.

The Daily Express claims that the Reds have maintained their interest in the defensive midfielder since their reported pursuit in January and are looking to make a move during the upcoming transfer window.

Agyemang-Badu is part of the 26-man provisional World Cup squad listed by Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah for next month's showdown in Brazil. The 23-year-old insisted that he is unfazed about the speculations surrounding his future by stating that it is his agent's duty to handle this matter.

"I have a contract with Udinese and I'm growing up a lot here. This year I scored five goals, but if there's a chance to move to a bigger team? We'll see what happens," Agyemang-Badu explained.

"My desire is to stay here, but everything depends on the club. Right now though, I am focused on the World Cup. My agent is the one that is thinking about my future," he said.

Brendan Rodgers' side made no formal offer for the £7m-rated Ghanaian international, who went on to make 32 appearances in all competitions during the 2013/14 campaign, scoring five goals in the process for Francesco Guidolin's side.

When Agyemang-Badu was linked with a move to Anfield, he positively responded to the rumours by commenting that he would be 'happy' to make the switch to Merseyside during the winter transfer window.

"I have not heard anything from my agent - at the moment it is all speculation. We will have to see what happens in the next two weeks because it has always been my dream to play in England," the midfielder told Goal.com earlier in January.

"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.

"I'm settled in Italy but the chance to play for such a big club is something I couldn't pass up," Agyemang-Badu stressed.