Liverpool are ready to make a move for their first marquee signing of the summer with a £30 million bid for Anzhi Makhachkala's Brazilian international Willian.
The Daily Telegraph report that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has enquired over the availability of the 25-year-old, who could leave Anzhi as part of a major cost-cutting exercise by the Russian club's owner having only joined from Shakhtar Donetsk in January.
Liverpool could be willing to offer up to £30 million to land the Brazilian, who has won two caps for his country and has made no secret of his desire to play in England in the past.
The Reds have been active in the transfer window so far in landing the likes of Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas and Simon Mignolet but as yet have failed to seal a big-money deal.
They missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who joined Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk and failed with an attempt to lure Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
Now it appears as though the Anfield-based club have their sights set on landing Willian, who has courted interest from the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea in the past.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has tried to land the playmaker for his current club as well as during his time in charge at Chelsea, and recent reports have suggested Tottenham may be about to reignite their interest in the player.
News of Liverpool's interest will come as a boost to the club's fans who will also have been buoyed by news that wantaway striker Luis Suarez is reportedly on the verge of signing a contract extension with the club, a week after revealing he would be willing to take his case to the Premier League in order to force a move to Arsenal.