Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to add Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette to his squad but must offload Fabio Borini first.
Borini, who returned from a loan spell at Sunderland last season and refused to make it permanent as he tried to win a place in the Liverpool team, is expendable to Rodgers.
But the Liverpool boss has found it difficult to shift the Italian international, which puts his bid to sign the £15m-rated Lacazette into doubt.
As reported by the Daily Star, the Lyon forward has emerged as one of his top transfer targets heading into next month's transfer window, as Rodgers looks to bolster an attacking lineup hit by injury and poor form.
Summer signings Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have failed to fire on all cylinders since their moves to Anfield, while main man Danny Sturridge has dealt with two injuries already and is out until the New Year.
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Lacazette, 23, has broken into the France squad after his impressive form in Ligue 1 - he's third-placed Lyon's top goalscorer this season by some distance with 15 goals and four assists through 18 appearances.
He even leads the French top flight in goals scored, with three more than Marseille's Andre-Pierre Gignac and seven more than PSG superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Liverpool poor form
Liverpool's struggles in front of goal means the Merseyside club is currently languishing in 11th while they've already been eliminated from the Champions League. The Europa League draw has pitted them against Turkish side Besiktas.
As well as moving Borini on, Rodgers will reportedly explore the possibility of bringing Divock Origi back prematurely in January, although reports have claimed this is not part of the loan agreement with Lille and will not be possible.