Roy Hodgson could be dealt another transfer headache, as it has been reported that January target Diego Forlan has been offered to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Madrid newspaper Marca have reported that World Cup star Diego Forlan has been offered to Real Madrid for €18 million, however the offer did not come from Forlan's club Atletico Madrid directly.
The proposal was made by an 'intermediary', and the news is a big blow to Atletico fans who were hoping to see the Uruguayan stay at the Vicente Calderon at least until the summer. They will also be disappointed that the fee is not higher.
Liverpool boss Hogson has been heavily rumoured to have looked into signing the ex-Villareal star as he looks to bolster his attacking options as he looks to continue Liverpool's mini-revival. Fernando Torres and David Ngog are the only striking options that Hodgson has at Anfield, and he is keen to add to that in his search for Champions League football.
Also with speculation continuing to surround Fernando Torres, Forlan could even replace Liverpool's prize asset, although with the La Liga side supposedly ready to cash in on their star man, Hodgson could be ready to move for the man who Manchester United fans still sing 'He made the scousers cry' about.
It is not clear whether Los Blancos would be interested in signing the Uruguayan, but the fee mentioned is only half of his buy-out clause and is believed to be negotiable, which would appeal to Liverpool.
Real Madrid are unlikely to be interested in Forlan, with a whole host of strikers on their books. However, this could all change if Karim Benzema - who has long been linked with moves away from the club - is sold in January, then Forlan would be a popular and proven replacement.
The news is also likely to put Tottenham and Juventus on red alert; as both have been monitoring Forlan since his impressive displays in South Africa.