Date: 21st January 2013 at 7:00pm
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ACCORDING to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool FC have stepped up their efforts to land Brazilian starlet Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan. The Reds reportedly had a bid of €6 million turned down by the Italian giants over the weekend but remain confident of landing the attacking midfielder before the window closes.

Coutinho, who was hailed by former Reds boss Rafa Benitez as the future of Inter during his time in charge at the San Siro, is a versatile attacking midfielder who can also play across the front three. Blessed with a good turn of pace, Coutinho possesses plenty of skill, has great dribbling ability and is strong off either foot.

Inter Milan are said to be ready to let Coutinho go, in a bid to ease the financial burden on the cash strapped club, and the Reds are confident that a deal for the Brazilian can be struck sooner rather than later.

Brendan Rodgers is keen to make Coutinho his second signing of the January transfer window after the Reds welcomed Daniel Sturridge into the Anfield fold a fortnight ago. Reports have surfaced today that Liverpool have made a second bid of €8 million which has been accepted by the Milanese club, these remain unconfirmed at this stage.

Should Coutinho move to Liverpool, that may not signal the end of the Reds January spending, with the Echo confirming the Rodgers is still very interested in taking Tom Ince back to Anfield. With Blackpool still playing hardball over the transfer fee however, the Reds may be forced to wait until the summer to re-sign their former player.

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