Liverpool plot January move for South American strike star

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Liverpool are being linked with a January move for Paraguay striker Lucas Barrios.

The Borussia Dortmund striker has scored at a rate of more than a goal every other game for the Bundesliga outfit after joining from Colo-Colo in 2009, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is thought to have earmarked the striker as a potential foil for Fernando Torres.

26-year-old Barrios began his career at Argentinos Juniors, and after spells with seven different clubs in South America finally earned his move to Europe.

A string of clubs were thought to be interested in the player, with Nancy, Espanyol and Panathanikos all missing out on the forward as he agreed a €4.2 million move to Signal Iduna Park.

Liverpool have suffered contracting fortunes compared to their German counterparts this season, and Hodgson has been promised money by new owners NESV as he looks to bolster his squad.

The former Fulham boss has been linked with a string of players in recent weeks, but a striker is thought to be a priority at Anfield. Injuries to a couple of players at the start of the season exposed a thread-bare attacking line, and Liverpool will look to avoid this happening again.

Media sources in England claim Dortmund, current leaders in the German top flight, are thought to want a figure in the region of £14 million. This is a valuation that Liverpool could meet should they wish to move for the player.

The Paraguay international's physical presence would add a different dimension to the Liverpool attack, and is another to add to the list of potential targets on Merseyside.

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