​Liverpool are ready to battle it out with Premier League rivals Tottenham for the signature of German left-back Jonas Hector, the Express reports.


The defender currently plays his football in the Bundesliga for Koln and is away with the German national team at Euro 2016 as his side prepare to take on France in the semi-finals on Thursday. 


Hector also scored the winning penalty in the quarter finals against Italy after the game finished 1-1 in extra time.

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The 26-year-old has been tipped to leave Koln this summer with Liverpool and Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg both interested. However, it has now emerged that Tottenham are also in the race for the defender after more impressive displays this summer and the lure of Champions League football at White Hart Lane could well be a favourable prospect for the full back.


It is understood that due to Hectors performances this summer, his market value has now risen as high as £17m and Koln's manager, Peter Stoeger, claims he is not surprised by the interest shown in his full-back as he has always believed Hector would become 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.

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The German man made 34 appearances in all competitions for Koln last season and has now established himself in the national side as the number one left back. 


Both Tottenham and Liverpool have already began their business in the summer. Liverpool have brought in Sadio Mane for a fee believed to be £34m, while also bringing in Schalke defender Joel Matip on a free transfer. Whereas Tottenham signed former Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama last month. 


However, with Danny Rose already the established left back at Spurs and Alberto Moreno having an indifferent last season, Hector may see Liverpool as a better chance of getting first team football.

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