Liverpool are interested in Lille attacker Gervinho, but won’t be making a move for him during the January transfer window.
The Ivorian's performances this year for the Ligue 1 table-toppers have caught the eye of a number of top European clubs - prompting reports that he could be on his way out of France in this month.
Now it has emerged that the €14 million-rated forward has attracted the interest of Liverpool – along with Lille teammate Eden Hazard – but any move will be postponed until the summer in order not to disrupt the French club.
Speaking on French television show Les Specialistes, Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli said: "We want a forward because we lack pace and penetration on the flanks.
"Gervinho and Hazard are super players but I know the Lille board well and they won't sell in January."
However, Liverpool are still reportedly amongst the frontrunners for Gervinho when he becomes available, although he has stated his intention to remain with Lille for the short-term at least.
"There is no way I'm leaving Lille now," he stated - as quoted by skysports.com.
"I am enjoying my football now more than ever before. We are playing well, scoring goals and our team spirit is fantastic.
"I want to win the league here, that is very important and would give any player a lot of confidence."
As expected, however, he has left the door open to a potential future move to Liverpool - or any other suitors - by explaining that he dreams of moving to a club of greater stature.
He added: "My ambition is to play for a big club one day, in a big league, but at the moment Lille is the place to be and I am enjoying being part of their success."
Although Gervinho won’t be joining Liverpool this week before the close of the transfer window, the Anfield club are expected to recruit a number of new faces.
Monday certainly proved to be a busy day in the transfer market for the Reds as Comolli flew to Amsterdam to thrash out a deal for Ajax striker Luis Suarez, while Liverpool target Charlie Adam handed in a request to leave Blackpool.
The midfielder saw his request rebuffed by his employers, but Liverpool are expected to return to Blackpool with an improved offer to the £4 million bid they tabled to the Seasiders on Friday evening.