With the January transfer window now open Liverpool are amongst a host of Premier League teams searching for added firepower, and Brendan Rodgers has this weekend been offered a solution to his team's goal-scoring issues courtesy of an unlikely source.
The Telegraph has reported that MLS side Toronto FC have made contact with the Anfield club in the hope of brokering a deal involving their wantaway striker Jermain Defoe.
A return to the English Premier League for Defoe has long been mooted ever since a failed move to QPR on the final day of the summer window and now it appears that the former Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth could be set to return to his native England in the not too distant future.
Liverpool are on the look out to bolster their attacking options but there appears to be a stumbling block regarding any potential deal for Defoe.
His current employers, Toronto FC, are seeking a permanent deal worth around £6 million but Liverpool are believed to prefer a loan move for the 32-year-old. With Queens Park Rangers and Hull City both mooted to have interest it remains to be seen whether the Canadian team will be willing to do business on loan terms.
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With big money summer signing Mario Balotelli having flopped on his return to England, failing to score a single goal in the league to date, and Daniel Sturridge unlikely to return to action before the end of January, any move for Defoe certainly has short term appeal.
In his one season in MLS the striker has managed 11 goals and, having scored 124 goals throughout his career in the English top flight, and he would bring plenty of experience to an Anfield front line which has been led in recent weeks by Raheem Sterling.
Defoe isn't the only one of Liverpool's radar however. Recent reports have linked West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino with a move to the club. But with a likely £20 million price tag on his head it is unclear whether Brendan Rodgers and co are willing to part with so much cash in the notoriously inconsistent January window.