Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will have to add another striker onto his Christmas wish list as he crosses out the availability of Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, reports the Daily Star.
£16 million looks to have been wasted by Rodgers on Mario Balotelli in the summer with the flop failing to score a single Premier League goal despite netting twice elsewhere for the Reds.
Subsequent to a collapse in goal scoring prowess, Brendan Rodgers is already in the market to find a replacement for the Italian and Lacazette is one name that is being strongly linked with a move to Anfield.
But Liverpool fans shouldn't be holding their breath for too long as Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has announced that the Frenchman will be staying with the club in January.
He said in the same report: "There won’t be such a need to sell players. Lacazette won’t go anywhere. We have enough money so that we can keep him."
The 23-year-old's staggering form has become primarily apparent this season with 11 goals in his previous 13 games too add to an ever growing list of 39 goals with the Ligue 1 side.
With the scheduled new year return of Daniel Sturridge, a prosperous strike partnership had been put in place by Rodgers before the damaging news was delivered to Merseyside.
The ageing Rickie Lambert is struggling to find the back of the net as he has fallen out of his comfort zone while Raheem Sterling's inexperience showed as he was tried up front against Manchester United at the weekend; a failure in itself.
So with Daniel Sturridge set to miss several fixtures over the busy festive period, Liverpool seem to be stuck in the forward departure and they can't even visit last resort as Mario Balotelli is nursing an injury, so they will be hoping that they can come through the Christmas calendar smoothly which is easier said than done.
But once the Christmas tree has been put away, it will be down to business as Rodgers is hoping to bring in new strikers during the January transfer window to assist Daniel Sturridge in finding the back of the net in order to resuscitate the Red's failing season.