Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for striker Demba Ba.
The Senegalese international has a £7 million minimum fee release clause in his contract at Newcastle United, which is set to be re-activated when the January transfer window opens.
And, with Fabio Borini out until the New Year with a broken right foot, the Sunday Mirror claims Liverpool will look to raid the Magpies in the opening month of 2013.
Brendan Rodgers is short of options in attack at Anfield, with Luis Suarez the only fit senior striker currently on the club’s books. Andy Carroll – who cost the Reds £35 million from Newcastle last January – is out on loan at West Ham United and appears out of favour with the Reds boss.
Rodgers has urged the club’s American owners to make funds available at the next opportunity, according to the report, with a strike partner for Liverpool’s Uruguayan hitman at the top of the agenda.
With Ba not set to feature at the African Cup of Nations early next year, it’s little surprise that interest in his services has risen, and Liverpool will be looking to capitalise on the relatively low release fee. It's not the first time the club have been linked with a move for the player this month either, with The Daily Mail claiming a fortnight ago that he was on the radar.
The Newcastle United board have made guarantees to manager Alan Pardew however, insisting funds will be made available at St. James’ Park if the Toon’s top striker leaves for Merseyside.