Liverpool are set to launch a £30 million bid to lure Arsenal target Jackson Martinez to the Premier League, according to the Express.
The Porto hitman has long been linked with a switch to England, while he has also attracted interest from Italy in the past. A deal has never come to fruition but that could be all about to change with Liverpool on the lookout for a new forward.
With Luis Suarez gone, the Reds have struggled up front this term, especially with Mario Balotelli failing to hit the ground running following his switch to Anfield. To make matters worse Daniel Sturridge has endured a prolonged spell on the sidelines through injury, and now manager Brendan Rodgers is on the lookout for a new forward in January.
According to the Express the Liverpool boss has identified Martinez as the man for the job. The Colombian international has scored an impressive 72 goals in 106 games for Porto and now appears ready to make the step up to the Premier League. The paper claims that Martinez would favour a move to England over Italy which is a major boost to Liverpool's hopes of signing him.
However there's a major obstacle in their way; Arsenal have also been heavily linked with the forward in recent months. The Gunners were expected to sign a big-name forward over the summer but failed to do just that, instead opting to spend £32 million on Alexis Sanchez who can operate up front but is flourishing in north London as a wide forward.
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It seems though that while Arsenal may be interested, Liverpool are in pole position to land the 28-year-old. Landing Martinez would come as a major boost for Liverpool who have struggled badly this term without Suarez.
They currently sit in 7th place in the Premier League after 10 games, and have won just one of their four games in the Champions League upon their return to European football's top competition.
Arsenal have fared much better, and currently sit in 4th, although they threw away a 3-0 lead in the Champions League to draw 3-3 with Anderlecht in mid-week.