Liverpool will make a deadline day move for Ashley Young should Fernando Torres join Chelsea, according to reports.
The England international has been heavily linked with an Anfield switch during the January transfer window, and Liverpool will attempt to lure the player to the club should their Spanish striker make a Blues move.
Kenny Dalglish is thought to be keen on adding reinforcements to his midfield on Merseyside, although it appears unlikely that Charlie Adam will be moving to Liverpool after the Reds' first offer for the player was rejected. Young now appears to be the most likeliest addition, if any are made today.
Aston Villa are thought to be closing on a loan move for American international Michael Bradley, and his arrival from Borussia Moenchengladbach could pave the way for Young's Villa Park exit.
Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier has strenuously denied that his 25-year-old star will leave Villa Park this month, despite the club failing to agree a new contract with the player.
Liverpool have reportedly been monitoring the situation closely, but the Metro claims a move for the player hinges completely on 'El Nino' and a potential £50 million exit.
Chelsea offered £35 million at the end of last week for the World Cup winner, but the Reds are holding out for £15 million more as the hours tick away on deadline day.
Liverpool owners NESV are thought to be willing to let the player leave if the Blues meet his transfer release clause (£50m), and if the clause is triggered then an instant move for Young could follow.
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