Liverpool could be ready to attempt to prise David Villa away from Valencia as the Reds prepare for the sale of Xabi Alonso.
Alonso is understood to have handed in a transfer request at Anfield and a move to Real Madrid this summer now seems imminent, with some reports suggesting the deal could be completed this weekend.
'Pool are holding out for €35 million (£30m) for the Basque midfielder, and The Sun is reporting manager Rafael Benitez could use the money to move for Villa.
It has been widely suggested Villa will leave Los Che as the club struggles financially, already forcing them into the sale of Raul Albiol to Los Merengues, but the Spain international striker has already turned down summer transfers to the Bernabeu and Barcelona.
However, the UK tabloid believes Benitez is confident he can tempt Villa to Merseyside by offering him a striker partnership with Spain team-mate Fernando Torres. 'Rafa' is hoping this offer can override Villa's desire to remain in his home country.
Liverpool have also been linked with Valencia's highly-regarded midfielder David Silva.
Jamie Dunn, Goal.com