Liverpool have reportedly made a €10 million bid for Dutch hotshot Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
The FC Utrecht frontman is one of the hottest prospects in Dutch football and has hit the ground running this year with 11 strikes in 17 starts; adding to his tally of 10 goals last season in his debut campaign at the Stadion Galgenwaard.
Liverpool have been linked with the 21-year-old for a number of months and now – according to talkSPORT – they have formalised their interest; looking likely to seal a deal in January.
Celtic had previously shown an interest in the former Vitesse marksman, but Liverpool look to close to winning the race for the Holland international.
Van Wolfswinkel would certainly provide Liverpool with the added potency they so crave in the pursuit of a coveted Champions League place and could make for a dynamic partner for Anfield star Fernando Torres.
Roy Hodgson has made no secret of his desire to bolster his goalscoring options in January after admitting Liverpool rely too heavily on the prowess of Torres, with the Spaniard in desperate need of support.
The Liverpool boss is expected to bolster his attacking options come January 1 and is working alongside Liverpool director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, to ensure the right signings are made.
New Liverpool owners NESV look set to back their manager in the transfer market with a hefty warchest and Hodgson knows exactly what calibre of new recruits he is after.
"We have a lot of ideas," he told the official Liverpool website. "We're not looking to move anybody out and it would be nice if we could improve our squad with one or two players.
"As I've said to the supporters many times, it's important that we don't just get bodies and numbers. We need people who are going to be very good for the long-term future of the club, or players who are definitely going to make a big difference to us in terms of what we're going to do in the beginning of 2011.”
Liverpool have also been linked with January moves for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge and Bolton star Johan Elmander as a busy transfer window and Anfield beckons.