Liverpool tipped to win race for €27 million South American star

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Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, according to Metro.

The Ajax star is said to have told his agent to sound out potential suitors over a move in January after the departure of Martin Jol from the Amsterdam Arena compounded his current misery.

Ajax have endured a poor run of results of late and - with Suarez currently serving a seven-match ban for biting an opponent - a number of Europe's top clubs have been alerted to his potential availability.

The 23-year-old is thought to be valued at around €27 million but - with Ajax deep in the financial mire - the Dutch club may have to settle for a significantly reduced sum.

According to Metro, Liverpool and Spurs are set to battle for his signature - with Suarez preferring a move to Anfield.

Liverpool are thought to be in the market for attacking reinforcements in the transfer window after Roy Hodgson admitted the Reds rely too heavily on the goalscoring of Anfield hero Fernando Torres.

The Liverpool boss is expected to be backed in the transfer window by Anfield overlords NESV as he looks to add more potent striking options to his squad.

Whether Suarez joins Liverpool in the New Year remains to be seen but - if any transfer speculation is to be believed - it is sure to be a busy January at Anfield.

Bolton hotshot Johan Elmander and Benfica ace Oscar Cardozo have also been linked with January moves to Anfield as Liverpool step up their pursuit of a new striker.

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