Liverpool have been sending scouts to monitor Udinese striker Luis Muriel, a reported target for Manchester United, with a view to a making a potential bid for the Colombia international in the summer.
Muriel was linked to the Reds in the summer of last year amid uncertainty regarding the future of Luis Suarez but, according to Goal.com, the player is now under consideration as a back-up to the Uruguayan.
It is claimed Brendan Rodgers has dispatched Liverpool representatives with a watching brief on Muriel twice in recent weeks as he considers alternative options following the failure to bring either Mohamed Salah or Yevhen Konoplyanka to Anfield.
Liverpool could, however, be contested by Manchester United in their pursuit of the 22-year-old with David Moyes having too been credited with interest in recruiting Muriel.
Comments from Muriel’s agent claiming his client would consider his future with Udinese in the summer has led to speculation Manchester United may attempt to bring the forward to Old Trafford.
Muriel has made 14 appearances for his current employers this season, eight of which has been starts, scoring three goals and providing a single assist.