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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is looking to bolster his squad with the £2.5 million signing of FC Twente's talented young striker Luuk De Jong, according to The People.

Signed from De Graafschap in 2009, De Jong has quickly developed into one of Europe’s rising stars and has already become a key member for the Tukkers.

The striker netted the only goal in Twente’s 1-0 victory over Ajax in the Supercup and continued his bright start to the season with a brace against Vitesse Arnhem in the first Eredivisie win of the campaign.

With a 6ft 2in frame and clinical finishing ability, the striker is seen as an ideal replacement for Dirk Kuyt, who has struggled with a few niggling injuries this season.

Following the Reds' 2-0 away defeat by Stoke yesterday, the pressure is on Hodgson to turn around the club’s on-field fortunes and impress new American owners John Henry and Tom Werner.

With the Liverpool faithful growing restless and repeatedly chanting the name of club legend Kenny Dalglish, Hodgson is hoping a fresh face may ease any growing concerns surrounding his managerial future at the club.

However, the Reds may face stiff competion from Spanish side Real Zaragoza for the Swiss-born youngster.

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