Emmanuel Agyemang Badu
Badu has sounded out Liverpool.

Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu would be "happy" to join Liverpool in the January transfer window following the reports Brendan Rodgers is looking to lure the Ghanian international to Anfield.

The 23 year old helped his country qualify for the 2014 World Cup but has found himself out of favour with his club, starting just eight times this season however his international performances have bolstered his reputation.

Liverpool were understood to have already made contact with Badu over a potential move to Merseyside and that a deal worth £7m could be struck, however the player knows nothing concrete regarding an offer from the Premier League club but admits to be attracted by the possibility.

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

"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."

Despite having Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen in reserve, Rodgers has made no secret of the fact Liverpool will imminently have to replace captain Steven Gerrard, who will turn 34 in May.

Badu would solve Rodgers' search for a deep lying midfielder however the former Berekum Arsenal man is unlikely to replicate Gerrard's presence at the heart of the Liverpool midfield.

Gerrard's current deal expires in the summer of 2015 having signed an extension with the club last July and following the summer's World Cup – after which he is expected to call time on his international career, the final year of his contract could see Rodgers ramp up the search for his replacement.

Liverpool are not expected to be active in January having signed eight new players in the summer, despite the success of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge since their moves in the last winter window.