Liverpool striker target Daniel Sturridge has reportedly requested a loan move in January.
The Chelsea forward emerged as a surprise Anfield target a fortnight ago as Roy Hodgson searches for attacking options, and Liverpool have been boosted in the chase with news that Sturridge has requested a loan move.
Reports in The Independent go on to claim that the player is unhappy about a lack of opportunities in the first team at Stamford Bridge, and would be keen to gain more Premier League experience on loan.
Liverpool are thought to be leading the race for the player, although a number of parties are thought to be interested in adding the former Manchester City youngster to their ranks.
Sturridge made his debut for the Eastlands outfit back in 2007 after shining for the junior Citizens, and has earned England honours at every junior level from U16 to U21.
After three years with Manchester City, Chelsea would controversially sign the player on a free transfer, although the Blues would have to pay Manchester City a compensation fee that could rise to £5 million.
The 21-year-old's wages could prove to be a stumbling block with regards to a loan move, and Liverpool would have to cover a large part of the £60,000 a week currently earned by Sturridge.
Hodgson has been linked with a number of strikers as the Anfield chief searched for an attacking foil for Fernando Torres, and the Liverpool boss is thought to have made an enquiry for Emmanuel Adebayor.
Mario Gomez, Eljaro Elia and Mario Gomez are all rumoured to be targets of the Merseyside outfit, and Liverpool appear certain to make a move for a striker this month.