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Liverpool and Dortmund Declare Interest in Dutch Defender

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With Liverpool's Alberto Moreno deal on hold, the club have enquired about Ajax's Daley Blind but they could face competition for his signing from Borussia Dortmund.

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With Liverpool's attempts to sign Alberto Moreno in limbo after Sevilla attempted to induce a bidding war over their young left back, alternate options to fill the club's problem left back position have begun to appear. The name of the moment at least is Ajax's Daley Blind, with De Telegraaf having learned that both Liverpool and Dortmund have enquired with Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars about his availability.

The 24-year-old Ajax fullback and midfielder impressed as part of the Dutch side that demolished Spain, setting up Robin van Persie's flying header just before the half, but Liverpool are believed to have been interested in him already—only thinking the Moreno deal could be completed relatively easily, they hadn't acted on that interest. Now, they have, though what comes next will rely on Ajax's willingness to sell.

De Telegraaf believe €12M might be enough to pry Blind away, but having had a strong World Cup opener there's the chance that even if Ajax are willing to sell Blind, they may delay negotiations in the hopes that a deep Dutch run can drive up his price tag. In addition to Dortmund's interest, there are suggestions that Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal will look to bring Blind with him to Manchester United.