Liverpool move closer to deal for €20m 'Torres replacement'

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Liverpool are preparing to splash €20 million on Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo but only if they can get rid of Fernando Torres, at least that's according to reports in Spain.

Spanish newspaper AS suggests the Reds still harbor doubts over the future of Torres at Anfield and have lined up Negredo as his potential replacement.

Torres has been linked with a move to Juventus or Inter Milan as speculation mounts that he could be on his way out of Liverpool in January.

The Spaniard has struggled to get going this season, with some disgruntled fans and pundits questioning his commitment to the Liverpool cause, and it is understood he is being tracked by a number of interested parties.

However, temporary Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish believes Torres will remain at Anfield and recapture his sensational form of old.

"He might be lacking a little bit of confidence, but he is still a top goal scorer and someone everybody fears when he crosses the line and goes on to the pitch," said the Liverpool legend.

"I've got fantastic respect for Fernando, not only as a footballer but also as a person as well. When he signed for the club he really threw himself into learning about the history and the tradition of the club, he really soaked it all up.

"I hope I can help him and I will help him in whatever way I possibly can. But then I would say that about any one of the players at this football club."

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