Liverpool suffer striker setback - line up €20m replacement

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Liverpool are reportedly planning a move for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo - should they miss out on Luis Suarez.

Speculation continues to mount that Suarez could be set to move to Merseyside during the transfer window but an Ajax source has revealed a deal may not be a forgone conclusion.

Any potential deal could revolve around the destination of Ryan Babel - who is wanted by the Dutch club as part of the Suarez deal - but Liverpool have agreed to sell him to Hoffenheim.

The Liverpool winger is said to be keen to return to Ajax but - should he move to the Bundesliga - the Reds will be forced to part with an 'obscene' amount of money to land Suarez.

"Babel would be an interesting project but nothing is done. There might be news later this week," a source told talkSPORT.

"We want to keep Luis and only obscene offers would be enough."

An 'obscene' transfer fee is thought to be in the region of €30 million, hence, Liverpool have now reportedly lined up a cheaper alternative.

According to The Times, Liverpool are prepared to turn their attentions to €20 million-rated Negredo in order to add more potency to their strike force.

Liverpool are desperate to add another goalscoring option to their ranks during January in order to ease the burden on Fernando Torres and transform their faltering season.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole and FC Utrecht sensation Ricky van Wolfswinkel have also been linked with moves to Liverpool in their pursuit of attacking reinforcements.

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