Liverpool have reportedly revived their interest in Dutch winger Eljero Elia and are now considering an approach for the Werder Bremen star this summer.
Brendan Rodgers has moved swiftly to bolster his ranks during close season, already signing Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure, Spanish forwards Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto in quick succession. And, according to talkSPORT, the Northern Irishman is now considering adding Elia to his squad ahead of pre-season.
The Reds tried to sign the Holland international two years ago when he was at Hamburg. However, the player opted on a move to Juventus in a €9m deal. The 26-year-old struggled for first team opportunities in Turin and managed just five appearances in all competitions during the 2011-12 season.
Elia returned to the Bundelsiga with Bremen in a €5.5m move last summer. The Dutchman found it difficult to cope with the Green-Whites playing style but still managed 24 Bundesliga appearances last season.
The report claims Rodgers has been tracking the winger's progress for some time and is now exploring the option of landing him on a cut-price deal.
Meanwhile, Elia is confident of proving his critics wrong and become a success at Bremen.
The Holland international has seen his career stall since a promising first season at Hamburg. The player's return to the Bundesliga was plagued by injury problems and suspension for a speeding offence. However, he has vowed to revive his career and wants to prove himself to the fans.
"I am out to regain the faith of the authorities and supporters of Werder Bremen. I want to have impressive performances in the new season. I am not giving up, I am not going to quit the club," Elia stressed.
Greek side PAOK Saloniki are also understood to be considering an offer for Elia. However, Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin had recently revealed that there has been no enquiries regarding the players situation.
"We have not received any enquiry or offer for Eljero Elia. Elia is a player of our club, he has a contract left," the German said.