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Liverpool And Tottenham In Race To Land £17m-Rated German Defender [Report]

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Jurgen Klopp is looking to strengthen his Liverpool back line ahead of the upcoming Premier League season and German left-back Jonas Hector is a target for the Merseyside club.

The defender plays his football for Bundesliga side Koln and is currently away with the German national team at Euro 2016 preparing for their mouth-watering semi-final showdown with France on Thursday.

According to German outlet Express, Tottenham are also keen on signing the 26-year-old and could use their Champions League qualification as a bargaining chip over their rivals.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JULY 02:  Jonas Hector of Germany runs with the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Germany and Italy at Stade Matmut Atlantique on July 2, 2016 in Bordeaux, France.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Hector’s recent performances on a club and national level have seen his stock rise considerably, with the defender now valued at £17 million.

Koln’s manager, Peter Stoeger, however isn’t too surprised Hector has turned out to be a top player.

“He is now perhaps more in focus, but those who know him always knew in advance that he is a good player,” Stoeger said.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JULY 02:  Jonas Hector of Germany celebrates his team's win through the penalty shootout after the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Germany and Italy at Stade Matmut Atlantique on July 2, 2016 in Bordeaux, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Hector made 34 appearances in all competitions for Koln last season and recently scored the deciding spot kick in Germany’s quarter-final penalty shootout against Italy last week.

Liverpool have already signed Sadio Mane from Southampton for an estimated £34m and also brought in Schalke defender Joel Matip on a free transfer.

James McDonald, Pundit Arena

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