Liverpool plot €7.1 million South American striker move

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Liverpool are reportedly considering a bid for Colombian international Teofilo Gutierrez.

The Trabsonspor striker was linked with an Anfield switch in the summer, and Footylatest now claims that Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is ready to sign the player in January.

A €7.1 million price tag puts the former Junior Barranquilla forward is in the affordable category for the Reds, who are looking to strengthen their attacking options at Anfield in the transfer window.

Hodgson is keen to find a foil for striker Fernando Torres at Anfield, and will invest part of his £35 million transfer war chest promised by new Liverpool owners NESV on a player in this position.

The Merseyside outfit have been linked with a string of strikers, including Eden Hazard, Darren Bent and Antonio Cassano, and the Liverpool boss is thought to have 'five or six' players on his transfer wish list at the club.

Gutierrez began his career at Barranquilla in 2006 before moving up to the main squad the following season. A move to the Turkish Super Liga in 2010 put the player on a new platform, and the Colombian has made an impressive start to the current season.

With four international caps to his name, Gutierrez has experience at the top level and Liverpool could look to sign the player as soon as the transfer window re-opens in the first month of 2011.

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