Fulham are ready to offer up Clint Dempsey and a further £9 million in order to land out-of-favour Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.
Carroll faces an uncertain future at Anfield after new boss Brendan Rodgers suggested he could be sent out on loan or even sold earlier this week, while the impending arrival of Fabio Borini could also compromise his future at the club.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Dempsey for some time, with the American going public with his desire to secure a move to a bigger club that can offer Champions League football.
While Liverpool are currently unable to do that a move to Merseyside may appeal, and Fulham are seemingly willing to facilitate that, but only if Carroll heads in the opposite direction.
The Guardian report the Cottagers are willing to offer a fee of around £9 million to make the deal happen. The West London side are seeking to overhaul their front line after missing out on Pavel Pogrebnyak and letting go both Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora, with Wigan’s Hugo Rodallega arriving earlier this week.
Even with Dempsey involved any deal would represent a significant loss on the player Liverpool paid £35 million for in the 2011 January transfer window.