Liverpool and Spurs in fight for former Old Trafford ace

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Tottenham and Liverpool are set for a January battle over former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan, according to

Forlan is one of the best strikers outside the Premier League, having imprerssed since moving to Spain six years ago.

The Uruguayan was a flop at Old Trafford and Sir Alex Ferguson let him move to Villarreal, where he scored 54 goals in 106 games.

From there, he moved on to Atletico Madrid, his current employers, where he currently has played 109 games and scored 69 goals – cementing his reputation as one of the most deadly strikers in the world.

Liverpool reportedly have a large budget to work with as Roy Hodgson bids to bring the glory days back to Anfield and a striker is top of his hit list.

Liverpool were turned down for a host of potential front men during the summer transfer window, including Carlton Cole, Kevin Doyle and Mario Gomez.

However, the Anfield side have raised their sights and will now look for world-class players to partner Fernando Torres.

Tottenham enquired for Forlan, who is on the short list for the Ballon d’Or, back in August – encouraged by quotes from the player.

However, Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp were put off by his 27 million euro (£23.5 million) asking price – but that looks to have almost halved since then.

One potential stumbling block for both Liverpool and Tottenham is his 115,000 euro (£100,000) per week wages but he has recently admitted a desire to return to England.

Earlier this month, he said: “Everybody says things, that maybe you don't want to go back. The time I had in England was great and I enjoyed it and if I had the chance to go back I would be really happy.”

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