Scharner keen on Reds move

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Former Wigan Athletic defender Paul Scharner is hoping to join Roy Hodgson at Liverpool.

The 30-year-old Austrian is available on a free transfer after leaving the DW Stadium at the end of the last campaign and is hoping Hodgson’s previous interest can lead to a move to Anfield.

The new Reds boss tried to sign Scharner during his time as Fulham manager.

“Roy Hodgson and Paul Scharner – this is a special relationship,” said the player’s agent, Valentin Hobel.

“Hodgson thinks that Paul’s strengths in midfield are better than his attributes in central defence.

“Liverpool would be a dream, of course, but we are in contact with several clubs. Because he is a free transfer, he can choose.”

Meanwhile, striker Nabil El Zhar is looking to leave Anfield this summer after struggling to make an impact at first-team level.

“I want to leave Liverpool. I do not play often enough,” said the 23-year-old striker.

“There are several European clubs interested and I will not close any doors.”

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