Liverpool have been linked with Paul Scharner. Roy Hodgson is a fan of the Wigan midfielder, having tried to sign him for Fulham on three occasions. Scharner is available on a free transfer and could be a possible replacement for Javier Mascherano. "Roy Hodgson and Paul Scharner – this is a special relationship," said Scharner's agent, Valentin Hobel. "Hodgson thinks that Paul's strengths in midfield are better than his attributes in central defence. "Liverpool would be a dream, of course, but we are in contact with several clubs. Because he is a free transfer, he can choose."