Liverpool outcast Raheem Sterling could be set to exit Anfield on a temporary basis in January, with reports suggesting that Premier League rivals Swansea are plotting a loan move for the winger.
18-year-old Sterling, who has been with the Merseyside outfit since arriving from Queens Park Rangers back in 2010, endured a swift rise to prominence last season and posed a constant threat to top-flight full-backs with his impressive performances on the flank.
So stirring was his form that Sterling was even rewarded with his first senior international cap by England boss Roy Hodgson for the friendly encounter with Sweden back in November 2012.
However, while Sterling enjoyed a breakout 2012/13 campaign, the new domestic season has seen him subject to somewhat of an alarming regression.
Sterling - who signed a new five-year contract last season that saw his wages reportedly rocket from £2,000 to an initial £30,000-per-week - has struggled for form so far during the early stages of the 2013/14 domestic season behind the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho and has been handed just one start in the top flight.
Initial reports last week suggested that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was prepared to allow Sterling to leave on loan in the new year.
And, according to reports from the Sunday People cited by the Daily Mirror, Swansea - who were managed by Rodgers prior to his departure to Anfield last summer - are keen to take them up on that offer.
The paper claims that the respective clubs are set to discuss a temporary switch in the near future.