Liverpool prepare £17 million South American striker signing

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Liverpool are being linked with a January move for Palermo striker Edison Cavani.

The 23-year-old Uruguayan international was one of the players linked with an Anfield move during the summer transfer window, but Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson failed to land any of his striker targets in August.

Cavani started his career at homeland club Danubio, making his debut as a teenager as part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad. Palermo would sign the player in January 2007, with the forward going on to score 34 goals in 109 Serie 'A' appearances thus far.

Loaned out to Napoli this summer, Cavani has alerted European clubs with three goals in three games so far this season, and reports in Italy and Germany suggest that Liverpool are preparing a transfer bid for the player.

The speculated fee is in the region of £17 million, and would continue the seeming financial support that the Liverpool boss has been given since joining from Fulham.

Hodgson added Milan Jovanovic (signed by Rafa Benitez) and Joe Cole on free transfers this summer. Brad Jones, Paul Konchesky and Raul Mereiles also came to Anfield as the Englishman looked to revamp his Merseyside outfit.

However, the failure to land a strike partner for Fernando Torres has proved to be a major problem for the Reds. David Ngog has started the season well for the Reds, but the lack of a back-up option leaves Liverpool struggling to compete on four fronts.

Cavani, a powerful striker with a decent scoring record, would provide Liverpool with a new dimension in-front of goal and could be a shrewd move when the January window opens.

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