Liverpool will sign Jordan Henderson should they offer Sunderland £20 million, it has been claimed.
According to The Guardian, the Reds have already had two offers rebuffed by Sunderland, but the young midfielder will leave the Stadium of Light if their £20 million valuation is met.
There is an acceptance amongst Black Cats officials that Henderson will be sold during the transfer window, while they remain adamant that Liverpool must meet the price that has been set.
With this is in mind, Henderson, 20, could reportedly be a Liverpool player by the end of the week after telling bosses he is keen to resolve his future prior to departing for Denmark with the England under 21s for the European Championships.
Whether or not Henderson represents value for money is up for debate, but the acquisition of young players with a potentially greater sell-on fee has been identified as a priority for Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG).
And, with Liverpool having proved their willingness to spend big to sign relatively inexperienced targets - i.e. £35 million for Andy Carroll - it is expected they will succumb to Sunderland's demands in order to bring Henderson to Anfield.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will find out this week whether they have been successful in their pursuit of Lille forward Gervinho, who has also been courted by Arsenal and Newcastle.