Liverpool plot South American striker star signing

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Liverpool are on alert after reports in Spain suggested Atletico Madrid were preparing for the exit of Diego Forlan.

The Uruguayan striker was one of the stars of the World Cup in South Africa this summer, and has a phenomenal scoring record in La Liga with 123 goals in 215 games for Villarreal and Atletico.

Forlan began his career with Independiente in the Argentine Primera Division, and move to Manchester United in 2002 after four years with the club.

His two seasons at Old Trafford weren't covered in glory, and the striker moved to the Yellow Submarine in 2004. Los Rojiblancos paid €21 million for the player three years later.

Liverpool and Spurs have been heavily linked with the player in the past, and the striker has previously admitted that he could leave his current club if the right offer is made. He's also keen to prove himself after the previously failed spell in the Premier League.

Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reports that Atletico are keen on Lisandro Lopez from Lyon, with the club seeing the striker as a potential replacement for Forlan.

Reds boss Roy Hodgson is keen to strengthen his attacking options in a bid to climb up the table, and the Liverpool boss has been promised funds to spend in the January window from new owners NESV.

The Anfield side are searching for a strike-partner for Fernando Torres, with Oscar Cardozo, Mirko Vucinic and Mario Gomez all linked with a move to Liverpool when the window re-opens.

Spurs are keen to strengthen their attacking options as they look to challenge on several fronts, and will challenge Liverpool for the player's signature in three months time.

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