Liverpool enquire about £15m Chelsea target

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Liverpool have begun their search for January reinforcements by making an enquiry about Marseille forward Loic Remy - although they face competition from Chelsea, according to the National.

Boss Brendan Rodgers was left bewildered after the Merseyside club failed to secure a replacement for forward Andy Carroll, who was allowed to leave in order to join West Ham on loan over the summer.

Fulham forward Clint Dempsey appeared set for Anfield before a last minute switch to Tottenham on deadline day, leaving the Reds with Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as their only senior forwards.

Borini recently broke his foot while on international duty with Italy’s U-21side which could rule him out for up to three months, leaving Rodgers hoping that Suarez can carry the burden of being Liverpool’s only forward while hoping he doesn’t suffer an injury before the start of the winter transfer window.

Rodgers has previously aired his concerns over the lack of depth his squad possesses, and now Liverpool appear to be making plans to add reinforcements in January in order to help the former Swansea boss push on up the league after a slow start.

According to the National, Liverpool have enquired over the availability of Marseille forward Remy, who has attracted interest from Chelsea as well as Tottenham in recent months.

Chelsea were close to landing Remy over the summer but failed to close out the deal in the dying minutes of deadline day, somewhat ironic given reports that the move fell through because the Stamford Bridge outfit failed to offload Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool.

According to the National, Chelsea maintain their interest in Remy and could make a move for the French international, who would represent a better option out wide than Juan Mata, who operates primarily through the centre but faces competition from Eden Hazard and Oscar. The future of Sturridge remains uncertain if Chelsea make another move for Remy in January.

The paper reports that Liverpool are unwilling to blow their budget on Remy, although the fact Marseille were keen to offload Remy over the summer in order to bolster their finances may play into the hands of the Anfield club.

It was reported that Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo sent scouts to run the rule over Remy during Marseille’s 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.

The 25-year-old, adept as a main striker as well as out wide, scored 20 goals for his club last season and has appeared keen on a move to the Premier League. His price tag, believed to be around £15 million, may prove prohibitive for Liverpool.

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