Juventus are preparing to make a January move for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.
According to reports in the Italian press, Juve will battle Liverpool for the German international who allegedly craves an Allianz Arena exit.
It was claimed last month that Liverpool had tried to prise Gomez away from Bavaria on loan, but Bayern were only prepared to let him move to Anfield on a permanent basis.
The president of the German club Uli Hoeness said: “We would have only considered allowing Gomez to go if Liverpool had been willing to buy him. But they are at the end of the road financially.
“The banks won’t give them any more money. There aren’t many clubs left with money to spend. Manchester City are one, but they can’t buy 100 players.”
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson tried desperately to sign a new striker prior to the transfer window closing but failed in his attempts to buy a number of targets.
Gomez was one of the most talked about names in regards to a transfer to Anfield after his agent revealed he would consider a move to Merseyside.
Uli Ferber told newspaper Kicker: "When a club like Liverpool inquires, their interest cannot be pushed off the table."
The 25-year-old has struggled to make an impression since joining Bayern from Stuttgart last summer for a Bundesliga record 35 million euros.
This had led to growing speculation that he could leave the club in January, and it would would appear that Liverpool and Juventus will be frontrunners for his signature.
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