Liverpool are considering a late bid to bring Manchester City target Arda Turan to the club in January, according to reports.
The Daily Express claims the Reds are still in the market for an attacking midfielder, and could step up their interest in the Turkish international before the end of the transfer window on Friday.
However, they face fresh competition from Manchester City for the player, after they ‘entered the race’ to sign the Atletico Madrid star.
The paper cites speculation in Turkey when claiming that Citizens boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to activate the player’s £33million minimum fee release clause in the summer, and strengthen his Premier League title-challenging squad still further.
Manchester City already have a plethora of options at their disposal going forward, and 26-year-old Turan would add another dimension to the attack at the Etihad Stadium alongside the likes of David Silva and Samir Nasri.
Local rivals Manchester United had also been linked with a move in the past, but the arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea at the weekend suggests David Moyes will not be looking to sign another playmaker.
Liverpool have not strengthened their side however, having missed out on Egyptian international Mohamad Salah over the weekend.
Brendan Rodgers has just days left to add some new additions to his squad ahead of a daunting Premier League run-in, as the Reds find themselves in a position to legitimately challenge for the title this season.
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have been pivotal to their success early in the season, but adding some depth behind the front two alongside the likes of Philippe Coutinho could be key - and Turan has all the attributes to be a success in England if Liverpool were willing to spend big on the player.