Liverpool join list of Belhanda suitors

Liverpool are set to rival Arsenal and Paris St Germain for the signature of Montpellier star Younes Belhanda in the summer according to the Metro.

The 22-year-old is considered one of the hottest prospects in France after an impressive season that has seen him score 11 goals in 27 games and propel his side to the top of Ligue 1.

His exciting performances have alerted Red’s boss Kenny Dalglish who is in the market for a new winger after becoming fed up with the inconsistent form of Stewart Downing despite paying Aston Villa £20 million for him just 12-months ago.

Belhanda, who’s key attributes are his rapier speed, technique and vision, is widely expected to depart the Stade de la Mosson at the end of the current campaign and Dalglish keen to bring him to Anfield.

He and assistant manager Steve Clarke were in the stands to watch the Moroccan international score the winning goal La Paillade in their game with Tolouse last Friday and both were impressed enough to consider him a key transfer target.

They weren’t alone with Gunners scout Gilles Grimandi also scouting Belhanda for boss Arsene Wenger who is also thought to be plotting a move in the close season.

Both clubs will have to fight off interest from mega-rich PSG who are expected to open the bidding with an offer of £15 million and a deal worth £45,000-per-week to the winger who currently earns just a third of that.

Carlo Ancelotti’s bank balance at the Parc De Princes dwarfs that of Liverpool and Arsenal’s who will have their work cut out to convince the player that his future lies in the Premier League.

However Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin’s would prefer Belhanda to move to Europe rather than their title rivals offering glimmer of hope to the Dalglish and Wenger.