Liverpool face a Premier League transfer battle in the race to sign Lazio striker Mauro Zarate.

The Reds are amongst a number of clubs to be linked with a move for the 25-year-old, with Sunderland and Stoke City also reported to be keen on the former Birmingham City loanee.

And, after struggling to make an impact at the Stadio Olimpico this season, Sky Sports understands that English sides are now weighing up a move for the player in the final days of the January transfer window.

Zarate began his career at Velez Sarsfield, spending three years at the Estadio José Amalfitani before joining Al-Sadd.

During his time with the Qatari outfit, the player enjoyed loan spells with Birmingham and Lazio before moving to the Eternal City permanently. But, after an impressive start to life with the Biancocelesti, the Argentine’s spell in Serie ‘A’ has gone down hill.

A spell on loan at Inter Milan last season did not lead to a permanent move, and Zarate now appears surplus to requirement under Vladimir Petković.

Liverpool have already strengthened in attack this month, with Daniel Sturridge joining Luis Suarez at Anfield.

However, manager Brendan Rodgers remains relatively light up-front on Merseyside, with Fabio Borini the only other senior option currently available to the Norther Irishman.

Zarate would certainly add another dimension to the Liverpool attack, but given his lack of football this season, a move would be seen as something of a gamble.

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