Liverpool FC: Who Is Rasmus Elm and Why Are the Reds Interested in Him?

Michael KohCorrespondent IIIMay 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15:  Rasmus Elm of Sweden looks on during the international friendly match between England and Sweden at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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There have been a lot of rumors regarding Liverpool's targets this summer.

The Reds have been linked to Olivier Giroud, Moussa Sissoko, Seydou Keita and Dieumerci Mbokani. They are rumored to have bid for Gaston Ramirez and a player named Rasmus Elm.

Who is he? 

Rasmus Elm is a Swedish international who can pass the ball with precision and hit killer free kicks.

Elm plays for Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar as their No. 20 midfielder. They've won the league twice—in 1981, and most recently, in 2008—and were runners-up in the UEFA Cup in 1981.

The 6'0" midfielder is a powerful presence for AZ and Liverpool have supposedly launched an £8m bid for him.

He has been a part of the Swedish national squad since 2009, making 22 appearances with one goal.

For AZ Alkmaar, he has made 81 appearances scoring 18 goals since his move from Kalmar FF in 2009.

This season, he has made 30 appearances for AZ and has netted 10 goals with seven assists. His 2011-12 season is far better than his 2010-11 season, having doubled his goal tally.

Elm's seven assists (as well as 10 goals) show his ability to create goals but take chances when he can.

According to the IB Times, Liverpool have agreed to a five-year contract deal worth £40,000 a week. 

Do you think Rasmus Elm is a good fit for Liverpool?