Liverpool are being linked with a January loan move for England international striker Darren Bent.
Metro claims the Reds have set their sights on the Aston Villa player, with manager Brendan Rodgers ‘reportedly closing in’ on a short-term deal for the 28-year-old.
The Anfield outfit are seriously lacking in the forward department this season, with Luis Suarez leading the line on his own in the absence of Fabio Borini (injury) and Andy Carroll (loan).
Negotiations have already begun over bringing Bent to Liverpool in the New Year, according to the report, with the Reds potentially making the move permanent at the end of the season.
“If we can get in the quality in the final third we need to support what we have, then there will be enough to keep the team moving forward, But, I am not so sure that will happen in January. This year the club wanted to balance the books and see where we are at,” said the Liverpool boss after Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Swansea.
Bent has found opportunities hard to come by at Villa Park this season, falling out of favour with manager Paul Lambert and spending large parts of the season on the bench thus far.
Signed for £24 million in the summer of 2011, his demise under the club’s Scottish boss has been a rapid one, and Liverpool appear to have sensed an opportunity to pounce on the prolific Premier League marksman.