Liverpool are keen on signing HJK Helsinki striker Joel Pohjanpalo in January, according to the Daily Mail.

The Finland U21 international has also attracted interest from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, after a series of impressive performances in his homeland.

At just 18, Pohjanpalo is believed to have a bright future in the game, after emerging through Helsinki's youth ranks, and first appearing in the reserves as a 16-year-old, where he scored a record-breaking 33 league goals in 21 appearances.

His excellent early promise earned the talented teenager a new contract in December 2011, that would keep him in the Finnish capital until 2015.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wanted to bring Pohjanpalo to Anfield during the summer, but the youngster turned down Liverpool's offer of a three-year contract in August, following a successful trial.

It's believed Pohjanpalo was seeking assurances he would be guaranteed regular action in the reserves, and after failing to reach agreement, he returned to HJK.

However, reports suggest that Liverpool will renew their interest when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

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