Liverpool are once again looking at Hungarian winger Balazs Dzsudzsak, as reported by The Express' Ben Jefferson, and they will be facing competition from rivals Everton for his signature during the summer transfer window.
According to Jefferson, the Reds previously had a £12 million offer rejected by his current club, Dynamo Moscow:
"Liverpool reportedly made a £12m offer for Dzsudzsak last summer only to see the bid turned down, but could have more luck if the former PSV star is determined to leave."
The winger is reportedly looking for UEFA Champions League football and could be available if his team fails to qualify:
The 27-year-old currently plies his trade in Russia with Dinamo Moscow but has set his heart on Champions League football and could leave if his current club don't qualify.
Dinamo currently sit in third place in the Russian Premier League but, with seven of their eight remaining matches coming away from home, the Moscow side face a tough task closing the four-point gap to second-placed Zenit St Petersburg.
If the Champions League is Dzsudzsak's main objective, you would have to assume Everton would be out of the race for his signature. But whether the winger is interested in a move to the Blue side of town or not, the Reds should not get too invested in the Hungarian winger.
Aged 27, Dzsudzsak was a prime talent during his days with PSV Eindhoven, seemingly scoring at will for one of the Dutch Eredivisie's most dominant squads.
Of course, the Eredivisie isn't exactly known for its expert defending. According to comparetheleagues.com, only one league averages more goals per game in all of Europe, and it has little to do with the dominance of the Dutch attacking forces (no Dutch teams remain in either of the UEFA's main international competitions).
The Hungarian became a part of the ambitious Anzhi Makhachkala project but failed to truly convince and saw his time with the club cut short with an injury. This season, Dzsudzsak has scored one goal for his club, per WhoScored.com.
Those are not the statistics of a top winger. You could make the case the Reds' previous offer of £12 million would already have been highway robbery on the part of Dynamo.
As shared by Liverpool Family, the player himself would be keen to join the club:
Dzsudzsak: "Liverpool wanted to loan me for six months but Dinamo would only sell. It's everyone's dream to play for a club like them."— Liverpool Family (@lfc_family) February 15, 2014
Dzsudzsak has talent, and his production in Holland (he had 44 goals in four seasons with PSV, per Soccerway) proves that he knows how to score, even if those defenses were not of the same caliber as the ones he'd be facing in the Premier League.
But at his age, £12 million seems like an awful lot of money for a player that doesn't project to be a major contributor, and that figure will only go up if Everton decide they want to have a shot at landing the Hungarian as well.
Smart signings have been a fixture at the club since Brendan Rodgers took over as manager for the Reds, and starting a bidding war over Dzsudzsak of all players would not fit Rodgers' style.
Just last week, Rodgers was quoted by Sky Sports on how he was planning to approach this year's transfer market:
We will be in the market for good and top players but there is more to it than that. The money is great and we will be in the market to compete but what is important is still having a vision of how you want the club to progress
That vision has been one of youth and talent development within the club, and Dzsudzsak doesn't fit the bill. Nor is he a top player or someone who will be a difference maker for the Reds going into next season.
Dzsudzsak could be a solid signing for Liverpool, if the price is right. But at more than £12 million and with Everton looking to drive up the price, that simply isn't the case.