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Liverpool and Manchester United are set to increase their interest in Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus after learning that the German side had identified a replacement for him, according to the Metro.
Both sides have been heavily linked with the German international for some time now, and will now step up their efforts to bring him to the Premier League after learning that Dortmund are keen to bring Roma's Adem Ljajic to take his place.
Ljajic is reportedly unhappy with the Italian side and Dortmund will be keen to test the waters with an enquiry to see if they can twist his arm into pushing through a move.
Reus reportedly rejected a new deal with Dortmund last week, with his current contract with the German giants set to expire in 2017.
And although the club have been quiet on whether they will entertain bids for the player, his agent has recently talked up the rumours linking with a move to England.
"Marco would make any big European team stronger," Dirk Hebel said.
"That's why it's completely normal that a number of these major European teams are interested in signing him."
Rumour has it that Dortmund would be willing to part with Reus for a fee in the region of £50m as they fear losing him for half that next summer.