Liverpool have turned their attention from Carlton Cole to Sunderland striker Darren Bent, according to the Metro.
Sunderland, though, will battle tooth-and-nail to keep hold of their top scorer – and will also rival the Reds for Bolton defender Gary Cahill.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson looks certain to bring in another forward in an attempt to ease the goalscoring burden on Fernando Torres.
And, after seemingly missing the boat for West Ham’s Carlton Cole, Bent would almost certainly be a more consistent alternative.
NESV, who recently bought Liverpool, have already insisted they are willing to fund one big name player moving to Anfield and Bent would certainly be that.
The former Tottenham ace is happy at the Stadium of Light and Sunderland have no reason whatsoever to sell – quoting an asking price of £25 milllion.
And, as a sign of their strength in the transfer market they will also attempt to pip Liverpool to the signing of Cahill.
Bolton recently announced they have debts of almost £100 million and could be forced to sell their England international defender in January.
Arsenal and Tottenham have also been linked with Cahill’s signature recently so Sunderland will face a battle for the 24-year-old.
Arsene Wenger wants to shore up his back line after seeing Sebastian Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny have indifferent starts to their Barclays Premier League career while Cahill would provide the Gunners with proven quality in their Emirates Stadium squad.