Liverpool have reportedly set their sights on a move for Blackpool captain Charlie Adam.
According to Metro, the Reds are ready to increase their activity in the transfer market after being given the green light by chairman Tom Werner - and Adam could be among their first signings.
The 25-year-old has expressed his desire to play at a club with the stature of Liverpool but he will only leave Bloomfield Road if the demands of Ian Holloway are met.
The Blackpool boss has constantly reiterated that he would only let Adam leave for a top four club - as well as a handsome transfer fee - but admits that, although they find themselves well adrift of the Champions League places, he would make an exception should Liverpool move for his skipper.
“Liverpool haven't made any enquiries but I'd be surprised after last night [against Liverpool] because I thought he was terrific," said in the wake of Blackpool's second win of the season over Liverpool.
"They would be the only exception, with where they are in the table, I would look at it differently but no-one else. I think he owes us to stay and then he will have a choice as long as his arm.
Aston Villa and Birmingham have both also been linked with the Scot, but Holloway won't be allowing his midfield 'genius' to leave on the cheap.
“They can shove their bid wherever they like it because if they think he is only worth £3.5m they are watching a different game to me," he added.
“If they want to insult me by offering £3.5m then, sorry, they are barking up the wrong tree. I’ve seen what he does and some of it is genius – and you don’t get genius cheap."
The Scotland international has been in impressive form during his debut campaign in the Premier League and could provide Liverpool with the added creativity they need in order to revive their season.
Liverpool have looked devoid of inspiration at times this season and would certainly benefit from Adam's invention and eye for goal alongside that of Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is known to be an admirer of his compatriot, but whether the Reds can win the race for his signature this month remains to be seen.