Liverpool monitor £9m striker – January deal looks increasingly likely

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Liverpool are set to renew their interest in West Ham striker Carlton Cole, according to reports.

Sky Sports News understand the Reds have recently dispatched scouts to monitor the 27-year-old, with a £9 million January bid now looking increasingly likely.

Liverpool had been linked with Cole during the summer and reportedly failed in a deadline day swoop for his services.

And, despite dismissing the aforementioned reports that Liverpool had previously bid for the former Chelsea forward, Roy Hodgson recently admitted that he had been monitoring Cole.

"Cole is a good player and was one of the players I was watching and we were looking at a lot of forwards,” said the Liverpool boss.

"He was one I watched and we talked about but we didn't make any particular move for him.

"At Liverpool we are always linked with every player but I do like Carlton Cole and think he's a good player, but there was no offer made for him."

Now it would appear that Liverpool have switched their gaze to Cole once again after it emerged a representative had watched him in action against Fulham on Boxing Day.

The England striker scored twice as the Hammers won 3-1 at Craven Cottage and it seems Liverpool are now sizing up an offer for next month.

Liverpool have also been linked with January moves for Bolton star Johan Elmander and FC Utrecht hotshot Ricky van Wolfswinkel as Hodgson looks to increase the potency of his strike force.

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