Liverpool target move for £15 million Serie A ace to 'protect Torres'

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Reports linking Liverpool to Roma striker Mirko Vucinic are gathering pace.

According to German website 4-4-2, Bayern Munich and Chelsea have also joined the race for the Montenegro hotshot who allegedly wants out of the Stadio Olimpico.

Vucinic, 27, has apparently fallen out of favour with Roma boss Claudio Ranieri and has since been restricted to just two 90 minute outings this term - putting Liverpool and a number of other clubs on red alert.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has made no secret of his desire to recruit a new goalscorer in January in order to take the burden away from Anfield hero Fernando Torres.

"We are quite clearly short of the players we need to give us adequate cover in attack," said Hodgson.

"That is an area that really needs addressing, but whether it happens in January or the summer remains to be seen.

"In the meantime, we will try and protect Fernando as much as we can."

David Ngog remains the only other fit Liverpool first-team striker currently at Hodgson's disposal, hence, he is keen to add to his threadbare frontline when the transfer window reopens in January.

However - despite reports that Hodgson would be armed with £30 million from the Liverpool board in the New Year - the Liverpool manager has cast doubt over the size of the rebuilding job set to take place at Anfield.

"I don't know what we will be able to do in January," he added.

"We could even find a situation where, because we know it’s a bad market to buy in, the owners would prefer just to see this season out, and we keep trying to do what we are doing, then really make a big effort in the summer. "

Liverpool have also been linked with moves for Athletic Bilbao star Fernando Llorente and Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar as Hodgson and NESV look to overhaul the playing squad Anfield.


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