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Reports out of Germany are adding Christoph Baumgartner to the list of potential summer targets for the Reds.

Liverpool are expected to sign a midfielder to replace the departed Gini Wijnaldum and could be interested in bringing in a forward this window, too, and reports out of Germany are now linking the Reds with a player who might just fill both needs.

According to Kicker, Hoffenheim and Austria attacking midfielder Christoph Baumgartner is attracting serious interest from England, with Liverpool and historic rivals Manchester United both considering the 21-year-old as a potential summer signing.

Baumgartner earned Austria their place in the quarter-finals against Italy on Saturday—though in the end they lost 2-1 to the Azzurri—with his late goal against Ukraine to end group stage play and was impressive in the Bundesliga last season.

In the Bundesliga and Europa League he scored nine goals and seven assists in 39 appearances, typically lining up as the left-sided attacking midfielder in Hoffenheim’s 4-2-3-1, which is the same role he played for Austria at the Euros this summer.

While no fee is proposed, given his age, goal return, and a contract through the summer of 2025 makes it unlikely Hoffenheim would let him go for cheap. Still, depending on how other transfer stories develop his name could be one to keep an eye on.