Arsenal and Liverpool are both keen on Argentine striker Mauro Zarate, according to one of the player’s agent.

The 25-year-old former Velez Sarsfield starlet has also been linked with Stoke City, after failing to secure a regular first-team place at Lazio so far this term.

Zarate spent last season on loan at Inter Milan, but could make a more permanent move away from the Stadio Olimpico if his situation does not change quickly.

Adviser Jose Alberti believes the club is willing to sell the player in the New Year, and both the Gunners and Reds are amongst those who could bring the former Argentine U20 international to England.

"Mauro would like to have a new chance at Lazio but unfortunately he is not loved and so it makes no sense to continue in this situation," Alberti told Italian website TMW.

"Zarate has many admirers in England and there are three Premier League clubs which have asked about him: they are Liverpool, Arsenal and Stoke City.

"I believe that Lazio want to sell him at all and I think this is a feasible deal in January."

Liverpool are desperately short of options up-front this season, with Luis Suarez leading the line alone for the Reds in the absence of Fabio Borini through injury and Andy Carroll on loan.

Anfield chief Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a number of forwards in recent weeks on Merseyside, with Wilfried Bony and Son Heung-Min both said to be on the Liverpool radar.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have their own issues up-front, with Olivier Giroud and Marouane Chamakh the only recognised senior strikers at the Emirates Stadium.

Heung-Min has also been linked with the Gunners, whilst Spanish international Fernando Llorente continues to be mentioned alongside the north London giants.

Zarate is now another name in the frame, and reports in Metro have claimed that a €10 million bid might be enough to bring him to the Premier League.

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