Liverpool have stolen a march on their major European rivals and lead the race for the signature of Bologna hot-shot Gaston Ramirez, according to reports in Italy.
Rated as one of the finest young forwards in Italy, Ramirez has earned himself the billing of the “new Kaka” with his impressive displays over the past two seasons for the Serie A outfit, and now Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport suggest the Reds are the favourites to land the 21-year-old when the transfer window opens in Janaury.
Ramirez has previously attracted interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, who remain keen on luring him away from Bologna, but the Italian paper suggests Liverpool have nudged ahead of their rivals and could bring him to Anfield during the winter transfer window.
Manchester United have also previously shown an interest, although Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has recently reiterated his reluctance to delve into the transfer market mid-way through the season.
The Uruguayan broke into the national squad last year but missed out on his country's successful Copa America campaign over the summer, and is keen to move to a major European club in order to secure his long term international future.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish looks set to being in a host of new players over winter as he continues to go about revamping his squad ahead of what is expected to be a tough battle for a top four spot and Champions League football next season.
Despite bringing in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll last January, Dalglish is said to be keen to add competition in his front line, especially with Carroll failing to find his feet since making his well-publicised switch from Newcastle earlier this year.
Liverpool will be relying on fellow Uruguayans Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates to sell the club to their countryman and persuade him that Merseyside is where his future lies.