Roy Hodgson wants to bring Montenegro international to Anfield
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Liverpool are set to step up their interest in Roma striker Mirko Vucinic and hope to finalise a deal to bring him to Anfield in January.
Reports in Italy had suggested that Liverpool could be tempted into a swap deal with Dirk Kuyt moving to the Italian club with Philippe Mexes heading in the opposite direction.
But it has now emerged that Liverpool are keen to keep Kuyt at Anfield and are poised to make a £20m offer for Vucinic.
Vucinic, 27, has a proven track record in Serie A and is regarded as one of the best forwards in Europe.
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is desperate to find a proven partner for Fernando Torres and Vucinic could be just the right man to help Liverpool challenge for major silverware again.
The AS Roma man is undoubtedly an excellent striker but it seems highly unlikely that Liverpool will pursue his signature in January.
New owner John W Henry has already stated that he does not feel that you get value for money shopping in the January = window so any transfer of this magnitude would almost certainly wait until the summer. It also remains to be seen whether Henry and his pals at NESV would trust that kind of money to manager Roy Hodgson who – Raul Meireles apart – has not proved to be terribly astute in the transfer market with Christian Poulsen and Paul Konchesky both failing to set Anfield alight.
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