Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is still scouring Europe for another proven goalscorer ahead of the new Premier League and has reportedly turned his attention to Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi, a clinical forward who was reluctantly sold by Manchester United before realising his potential elsewhere.
Sport Mediaset believe the Reds are ready to table a €25m offer for the Italian international, who scored 16 goals in Serie A last season and when free of injury problems has always found the back of the net with alarming regularity.
Rossi worth the risk?
Rossi would definitely represent a risk though purely because of his desperately poor injury record, which includes successive cruciate injuries that have threatened to derail a very promising career.
Each time the Azzurri hitman has battled back though to prove his worth, qualities which have helped convince Rodgers that he's worthy of a place on his shortlist of strike targets.
Rodgers has been scouring the market for more than a month in a bid to bolster a squad which currently only has Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini as recognised central strikers.
Borini is widely expected to complete a £14m switch to Sunderland before the transfer window slams shut, which has cranked up the pressure on Liverpool to continue their summer spending spree and find another forward to ease the burden on Sturridge and Lambert, particularly with Champions League football back at Anfield this season.
Frustration at Anfield
Rodgers has been forced to widen his search and in some ways lower expectations over the calibre of striker he can bring to Merseyside at this late stage of the summer by a series of knock-backs.
Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Wilfried Bony have all been sounded out over their interest in joining Liverpool and for one reason or another given the proposed switch a massive thumbs down, forcing Reds chiefs to look further afield.
Vastly experienced forward Samuel Eto'o has held talks with Liverpool as he continues to search for a club willing to meet his lofty wage demands, but that deal smacks of short-term.
Rossi would be considerably more expensive but capable of rivalling Sturridge in particular for a starting spot for years to come, which is why initial scorn over the merits of this latest addition to the rumour mill may just subside.