Liverpool are reportedly pondering a sensational bid for Spain striker Fernando Lllorente.
According to Spanish radio station Radio Cadena Sar, Liverpool are prepared to meet the buyout clause in the Athletic Bilbao hitman's contract - thought to be in the region of a whopping €36 million.
Various media reports have suggested that Roy Hodgson will be provided with £25-35 million by Liverpool owners NESV to spend in January, so it would seem unlikely that all of the transfer kitty will be spent on one target.
Llorente, however, is thought to be keen on a move to Anfield although and - should Liverpool trigger the 25-year-old's buyout clause - they will reportedly have to battle with Real Madrid and Barcelona for his signature.
Although a €36 million offer for Llorente seems, on the face of it, unrealistic, NESV appear prepared to back Hodgson in the transfer market as he looks to bring new faces to Anfield in January.
This is something Hodgson alluded to when he spoke to the Liverpool website last week. He said: "If we want the right quality, we have got to be prepared to pay the right price.
"The owners know that perfectly well. We have got to make certain that if we go out and spend £20m, we are getting a £20m player.
"We want to be attracting the players that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter are chasing. It would be nice to think that we can shop at a high level."
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