Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy has moved a step closer to a sensational return to Liverpool, after his current club agreed to let him leave for nothing reports the Daily Mirror.
The 32-year-old Welsh international is believed to be in advanced negotiations over a settlement to cover the remaining ten months of his £95,000-a-week wages, which will allow him to walk away and find another club.
Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has made no secret of his stance that Bellamy will never play for him again, and now Etihad Stadium officials want him off the wage bill.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to speak to Bellamy about a potential return to Anfield, four years after he left Merseyside after falling out with then manager Rafa Benitez in acrimonious circumstances.
Dalglish, however, is not prepared to pay a fee for the journeyman striker, as he looks to bring in value-for-money cover for his current crop of Liverpool forwards, looking for a direct replacement for Bolton-bound David N'Gog.
The Reds may face competition from Tottenham for Bellamy's signature, but having already knocked back offers from two of his other former clubs, Celtic and Cardiff, Anfield is widely regarded as his preferred destination where he hopes to once again realise his Liverpool dream.
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