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Rolls-Reus for Pool?

CAN YOU HEAR ME? Marco Reus is said to be keen on a move away from Borussia Dortmund

Is he the marquee signing Liverpool are looking for?

According to reports in the UK, the Reds are considering a £44 million ($93.6m) bid for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.

Reus, 25, missed out on Germany's World Cup-winning campaign after getting injured in one of the warm-up games but is expected to return to full fitness very soon.

The German midfielder is said to be keen on a move away from Dortmund and thought he was heading to Barcelona this summer.

However, the Catalan club preferred to splash £75m on Luis Suarez instead, leaving Reus waiting in the lurch.

Reus would not be a like-for-like replacement for Suarez but it seems like he would complement Daniel Sturridge and his flexibility to play centrally or out wide would suit Liverpool's free-flowing formation.

He has scored 42 goals in 90 games for Dortmund over the last two seasons, has experience of playing in the Champions League and his dynamic play would fit in with the likes of Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho at Anfield.

Liverpool are also linked to Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, but Swans chairman Huw Jenkins wants more than his £19m valuation.

BONY TARGET

Brendan Rodgers sees the Ivory Coast hitman as the ideal striker to fill Suarez's boots, but he faces a huge fight with his old club.

Hard-bargaining Jenkins is fuming that Bony's advisers have been working on the transfer - and is in no mood to give in.

Kop sources reveal that Rodgers is pushing hard for prolific Bony but there were already dissenting voices about the price.

Liverpool will not go higher and are looking at alternatives like Southampton's Jay Rodriguez.

Meanwhile, Sturridge believes that Suarez's exit will pave the way for the next Anfield "star" to emerge.

Despite questions about how Liverpool plan to replace a player who scored 31 goals in 33 Premier League games last season, Sturridge is confident that Rodgers' side will cope.

"People have to step up," Sturridge told Jamaica's Nationwide Radio. "When stars leave, a new star can be born, as they say.

"There are a lot of players that can take that mantle, but it is a team game, regardless of whether there are star players within that team. It's not about one person, it's about the team."

- Wire Services.