Liverpool are reportedly ready to make their move for Lacina Traore as the Luis Suarez saga continues to rumble on.
Suarez's protracted move to Anfield has eked out for some time now and - according to the Daily Mail - Ajax have given Liverpool until January 29 to meet their requirements for the Uruguayan.
And, with Liverpool desperate for striking reinforcements in January, they could be forced to set their sights elsewhere in pursuit of more potent attacking options.
One of their reported targets is FC Cluj frontman Lacina Traore who, according to talkSPORT, could be available to Liverpool for €12 million.
And now, Sport.co.uk understands, that Liverpool are indeed monitoring the Ivorian striker.
“There is now a lot of interest for Lacina. The situation is that we have not received the right offer for him to leave FC Cluj at this time," said his agent, Thomas Boehm.
“There are plenty of talks between clubs, but nothing concrete. There is a lot of movement at the moment, and there are not many strikers of quality available. I am hopeful that we can conclude a deal, but remember while our goal is to bring him to the UK, there is interest from abroad."
Sport.co.uk also reports that Liverpool will have to fight of the advances of Fulham and Sunderland if they hope to sign the 6ft 8in striker who could prove to be an intriguing partner for Anfield hero Fernando Torres.
Although lacking the goalscoring prowess of Suarez, the 20-year-old Ivorian would work as a competent foil for Torres as Liverpool attempt to transform their season.
Torres appears to be beginning to find his feet again for Liverpool, but would benefit from some added support alongside him at Anfield.