Liverpool are after Hamburg winger Jonathan Pitroipa, according to reports.

The Burkina Faso international is allegedly being closely monitored by the Merseysiders and, according to The People, Reds scouts have been watching the 24-year-old with a view to launching a January bid.

Roy Hodgson was alerted to the talents of the Pitroipa when he impressed against his Fulham side in last season's Europa League, and the Liverpool boss has since thought to have kept a keen eye on his progress.

The former SC Freiburg attacker could be available to Liverpool for around £5 million and would fit with Hodgson's pledge to add more potency to his Anfield frontline.

Pitroipa would provide Liverpool with some added cutting edge going forward - something that Hodgson is keen to address having admitted that Liverpool rely too heavily on the contributions of Anfield heroes Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool owners NESV are also keen to invest in young talent in January and, at 24-years-old, Pitroipa certainly has a bright future ahead of him.

Whether Liverpool will launch a bid for Pitroipa in the New Year remains to be seen, but it is sure to be a busy January at Anfield as Hodgson and NESV look to continue the rebuilding job on Merseyside.

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