Liverpool are hoping to complete a deal to sign Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero on loan following the Serie 'A' club's capture of Arsenal flop Emiliano Viviano.
The Daily Star reports how the Argentina international has been identified by the Merseyside club as the man to challenge Simon Mignolet for the No.1 spot after the £2 million departure of Pepe Reina to Bayern Munich.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to increase competition for places at Anfield and doesn't believe that Australian stopper Brad Jones is capable of dislodging Mignolet between the sticks.
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Reina's expected departure has left Liverpool with a hole to fill, and Romero could act as a short term solution for the 2014/15 campaign.
The 27-year-old starred for his country at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and became the penalty shootout hero during Argentina's semi-final victory over Holland.
However, Romero was powerless to prevent Alejandro Sabella's side from going down 1-0 to eventual winners Germany in the final, thanks to a stunning extra-time strike from Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze.
Romero spent the 2013/14 season on loan in France at AS Monaco, but made just three appearances for the Ligue 1 club due to the fine form of Croatian keeper Danijel Subasic.
After returning to Stadio Luigi Ferraris for pre-season the South American might have hoped his displays at the World Cup would put him in contention for a starting spot in Siniša Mihajlović's side this term.
However, after the recent capture of Viviano - who failed to make a single appearance for Arsene Wenger's Gunners side last season - Romero's chances of regular action have suffered another blow.
A loan move to Liverpool might prove a better option for the player, though he is unlikely to be guaranteed any more football in England under Rodgers.
Viviano found out the hard way after arriving at the Emirates Stadium from Palermo last summer, failing to dislodge Wojciech Szczesny or Lukasz Fabianski at any point during the previous campaign.
The Italian will now be looking to nail down a regular place in the Sampdoria team, which in turn could force Romero out of the club.