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Liverpool 'make offer' for €25 million new Torres partner

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Liverpool appear to have stepped up their reported interest in Ajax striker Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay international – who scored three times in a memorable World Cup – has been heavily linked with a move to Merseyside in recent weeks and now, according to Tuttomercato, the Reds have 'made an offer' for the 23-year-old.

It is alleged that Liverpool have tabled €15 million for the services of the Ajax captain – although it is expected that they will have to part with a further €10 million if they are to bring Suarez to Anfield.

However, these reports would appear to contradict comments made last week by Roy Hodgson concerning potential Liverpool targets.

When asked if he was attempting to bring Suarez, Ronaldinho or Ashley Young to Anfield, the Liverpool boss said: "Ronaldinho and Suarez are players who we have never even thought about but I would think there is not a manager in the Premier League who has not given Ashley Young a thought at some stage or another."

Despite this, Liverpool are thought to be in the market for attacking reinforcements in the transfer window after Hodgson admitted the Reds rely too heavily on the goalscoring of Anfield hero Fernando Torres.

New Liverpool owners NESV are expected to back their manager in the transfer market with upwards of £25 million as he looks to add more potent striking options to his squad in January.

Bolton striker Johan Elmander and Japan sensation Keisuke Honda have both been linked with moves to Anfield in January as Liverpool continue their pursuit of a new partner for Torres.

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