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Reds eye up Rijkaard

Image: Rijkaard: Liverpool target understands Liverpool have lined up a move for Frank Rijkaard as they search for a new manager.

But Turks rejects Liverpool overtures for Galatasaray boss understands Liverpool have lined up a move for Galatasaray boss Frank Rijkaard as they search for a new manager. The Reds are still hunting a replacement for Rafa Benitez following the Spaniard's departure from Anfield earlier this month. A number of names have been linked with the Anfield hot-seat, including Fulham boss Roy Hodgson and former Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini and now Rijkaard has come under consideration from the Liverpool board. Former Holland international Rijkaard is regarded as one of the best coaches in Europe following his success at Barcelona, where he won two Spanish titles and the UEFA Champions League during his tenure at Camp Nou.


Sources in Turkey claim Liverpool have approached Galatasaray twice in the last week to seek permission to talk to Rijkaard, but that the Turkish club have rejected their overtures. Rijkaard, who took over at Galatasaray in June 2009, has just a year to run on his current deal, meaning Liverpool may not have to fork out a high compensation fee if they can agree a deal with Galatasaray for the 47-year-old. The Dutchman is believed to be keen on managing in the Premier League at some stage in his career, but Galatasaray are reluctant to lose his services. Liverpool are keen to sort out their managerial situation as soon as possible and they could be forced look elsewhere if Galatasaray fail to release Rijkaard.

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