Newcastle United striker Demba Ba is a target for Liverpool, according to The Metro.
The Senegalese international, who has scored 15 goals in the Barclays Premier League season, has assisted Newcastle impressive form during the first-half of the season.
Such form has sparked rumours a move to elsewhere in the Premier League, with the likes of Liverpool mentioned in dispatches.
Talk that Ba's release clause at the Sports Direct Arena could be less than the £10 million reported over the weekend has reportedly sparked interest from Liverpool, who are looking for a striker to assist their New Year top four push.
With Luis Suarez having recently begun his eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra, Dirk Kuyt without a Premier League goal this season and Andy Carroll yet to fire on all cylinders since his switch from Newcastle United, Liverpool Champions League aspirations could rely on the club finding a goal getter in the January transfer window.
However, reports suggest that Ba isn't the man for that role, with the striker's presence at the African Cup of Nations likely to make a deal this month unlikely.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said: "He's a Newcastle player, he has been brilliant for us and that's all I want to say, really."
Jawad Boukabous and Roberto Saldado have both been linked with moves to Liverpool of late.
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