Liverpool’s ideal January transfer route as Ajax approach ‘Tottenham for Steven Bergwijn’

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Liverpool could be given the chance to finally sign reported long-term target David Neres from Ajax as the Dutch club will apparently need to offload the winger before they can buy Steven Bergwijn. Ajax supposedly want to bring Bergwijn back to the Netherlands following a two-year spell at Tottenham.

Neres was initially linked with a move to Liverpool in 2019 after he had starred for Ajax in their run to the Champions League semi-final.

The 24-year-old, who is contracted with Ajax until 2023, started 10 games for the side during their run to the last four as they were eventually knocked out by runners-up Spurs.

He has gone on to score 47 goals and provide 41 assists in 178 games for the Dutch champions.

The rumours linking Neres with a move to the Premier League have dampened recently as the player has struggled to hit the same heights as he did during the 2018/19 campaign.

But the Reds could reignite their interest after De Telegraaf reported that the player’s sale would facilitate their purchase of Bergwijn.

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Bergwijn moved to north London from PSV in January 2020 after Spurs shelled out £27million for him and his deal runs until 2025.

But he has struggled to settle in England and has played just 62 times for the club.

Many of his appearances have come from the bench and he has only started five of his team’s matches this campaign.

Big things were expected of Bergwijn when he joined Spurs after the 24-year-old impressed with PSV and won three Eredivisie titles.

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But he has flattered to deceive in England and Spurs could be keen to offload the player to free up space in their own squad for new faces.

Antonio Conte took the helm at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in November following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo.

And he will more than likely delve into the transfer market in January as he looks to build a squad which is capable of achieving success.

Bergwijn has played just 13 minutes of football since the Italian took charge and could now be surplus to requirements in the capital.

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The player has won 16 caps for the Netherlands, although he was not part of their squad at this summer’s Euro 2020.

He has since been involved for his country during their World Cup qualifying campaign and got his name on the scoresheet during last month’s 2-0 victory over Norway.

The Netherlands have booked their place at next year’s Qatar World Cup and Bergwijn knows he needs to be playing matches if he is to secure his place in their tournament squad.

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