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Liverpool interest in Adam Federici confirmed

The father of Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has confirmed his son is attracting interest from Liverpool and has advised him to move to Anfield if a formal offer is forthcoming.

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Federici, 24, was a member of the Reading side that shocked Liverpool on Wednesday night when forcing extra time with a late penalty and then winning 2-1 in the FA Cup third-round replay at Anfield.

The Australian, who has made 26 appearances in all competitions for the Royals this season, has been linked with a move to Merseyside in recent days with Liverpool's current number two 'keeper, Diego Cavalieri, failing to impress.

While Federici is undoubtedly being targeted as a back-up to current number one Jose Reina, his father, Tony, feels a transfer to Anfield could prove difficult to resist.

"If I was advising him, in the big scheme of things, you'd have to be mad not to not to take it," Federici senior told the Daily Mirror. "I spoke to Adam and his agent has said he was aware that there had been some contact.

"There is some substance to it, but I don't know how keen Reading would be to let him go given he is their first-choice keeper.

"Adam has always wanted to play with one of the top four or five clubs. We'll all know more after Thursday. To be part of such a big club would be a great opportunity, but he needs to play.

"Adam's main priority is to play regularly; if he plays the rest of the year for Reading he will have a full season as a No 1 under his belt.

"Reina is only 27, but if in six months or a year there was a first-choice spot, it would be a great move. It is an attractive move, but he would be going there as the back-up."

However, Reading director of football Nick Hammond is adamant that he has had no contact with the Premier League club.

"I think Adam has done exceptionally well since the difficult transition from number two to number one," Hammond told the Reading Chronicle. "But we've had no contact from anyone regarding him.

"We have a big squad and the pressure remains in terms of balancing the books. The key is keeping the players who are integral to us moving forward. If we trade it will be on our terms."

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