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Liverpool face competition from both Manchester United and West Ham to sign £44m-rated Real Madrid midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, according to reports from TeamTalk.

The Croatian was deemed one of the best young prospects in world football when he left his boyhood club Dinamo Zagreb for Inter Milan in 2013.

After two years in Italy, Kovacic was wanted by a host of top European clubs, including Liverpool, but ended up signing for Spanish giants Real Madrid in a £31m deal.

Unfortunately for the midfielder, his playing time at the Bernabeu has been limited and he’s struggled to force his way into the Madrid starting line-up over the likes of Toni Kroos and compatriot Luka Modric.

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Understandably Kovacic has grown tired of being a bit-part player and has made it clear he wants to leave the Spanish capital in order to find regular playing time elsewhere.

This has altered interest from a range of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Manchester United and West Ham.

The Reds have already strengthened their midfield with the additions of Naby Keïta and Fabinho, but TeamTalk report that Jürgen Klopp is still aiming to bolster his options after a deal for Nabil Fekir collapsed last month.

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