Liverpool are pondering a swoop for West Brom striker Saido Berahino but face two major obstacles; interest from Tottenham and his £25 million price tag.
The Reds have real problems in attack at the moment, and could only muster a 0-0 draw with Hull City yesterday. Main man Daniel Sturridge has been sidelined for some time and the responsibility for scoring goals has fallen to Mario Balotelli - which has not gone well so far.
The Italian joined Liverpool for £16 million in the summer but is already coming in for criticism for his lacklustre performances. Manager Brendan Rodgers has already admitted he the Italian needs to up his game and according to the Daily Mail he is already pondering moving the troublesome striker on - although that will be difficult.
The Mail say that Liverpool are open to the idea of signing a new striker to help out Balotelli if he cannot be sold, and that man is reportedly Berahinho. The England U21 star has been on fire so far this season, and has seven goals in nine league appearances.
That has bought him to the attention of Liverpool, who are monitoring his situation. Luring him away in January will prove to be difficult though with West Brom holding out for an eye-watering £25 million fee.
Interest from Tottenham is also an issue. The Mail claim that Spurs have suggested to the Baggies that they would be willing to pay £15 million in the new year but have been told that is not enough.
If Berahino is unavailable then Swansea ace Wilfried Bony is an option, although once against Tottenham are interested.
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