Liverpool have reportedly re-joined the race to sign Dutch international striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

The 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon starlet emerged on the Manchester United radar earlier in the week, with Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly taking a keen interest in the former FC Utrecht hitman.

However, Portuguese publication Correio da Manha claim that Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is again considering a move for the player, less than a year after the Liverpool chief made a personal scouting trip to Holland to watch the player.

Van Wolfswinkel has made a major impact in Portugal after his summer transfer move to Lisbon, earning rave reviews following the five-year €5.4 million deal

Goals against FC Zurich and Lazio in the Europa League have continued to add to the player's stock, and now clubs across the continent are taking an interest.

Liverpool are expected to be in the market for a striker in January, despite spending over £55 million on players in the position 12 months previously.

Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll made their way to Anfield, with Craig Bellamy joining on deadline day in August.

However, the Reds are still thought to be short of a player in the position, and could move for Van Wolfswinkel to make it a fourth player in the position for Liverpool.

Manchester United have a plethora of strikers at their disposal, with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck the current top three for Sir Alex Ferguson.


 

With question marks over the future of Dimitar Berbatov at Old Trafford though, Manchester United could be in the market for a striker, with the versatile Van Wolfswinkel appearing to be the club's top target in the position.

Competition will be fierce for Manchester United should they pursue their interest in the player, and the two rivals could go head-to-head once again after their match at Anfield in eights days time.

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