Koman flattered by Liverpool reports

Sampdoria midfielder Vladimir Koman has revealed his delight at reports linking him with a move to Liverpool. The 20-year-old Hungarian has made just four league appearances for the Serie A side since graduating from the Genoa outfit's youth ranks. However, he has gained recognition following loan spells at both Avellino and Bari. And the youngster recently caught the eye of scouts at the U20 World Cup, scoring five goals in six outings as Hungary finished third following a semi-final defeat to eventual winners Ghana in Egypt. As a result, speculation has surfaced linking the starlet with a move to Anfield. And Koman has confessed that he is flattered by the reports, but insisted he is currently fully focussed on playing regular first-team football, and would not join the Reds just to sit on the substitutes' bench. "This is an honour for me if the news about Liverpool is true," he told Nemzeti Sport. "This is a famous and giant club but at the moment I want to concentrate on getting regular first-team football. "I wouldn't go there to sit on the bench. Getting into the starting XI of Liverpool may be a bit early for me but so far I haven't only thought about this possibility.

"I want to play football and a smaller club may be a more suitable choice for me."

Liverpool have signed several talented Hungarian youngsters in the past, including strikers Krisztian Nemeth and Andras Simon - currently on loan at AEK Athens and Cordoba respectively - and goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, who was loaned out to Hereford United last season.