Kenny Dalglish set to bring former Anfield man in from the Etihad Stadium.
Craig Bellamy has taken a step closer to making a dramatic return to Liverpool after Manchester City agreed to let him leave for nothing.
City are prepared to negotiate a settlement with Bellamy, covering the remaining 10 months of his £95,000-a-week contract, to get him off their wage bill.
This will clear the way for the Wales striker to return to Anfield on a free transfer, four years after he was sold following a fall-out with manager Rafa Benitez.
City are prepared to waive a transfer fee for Bellamy, because boss Roberto Mancini has made it clear he wants rid of him – declaring last week that he would never play for him again.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
This would be a very intelligent, and cost effective, signing and one that would add more strength in depth to the Liverpool attack as they look to battle for a spot back in the top four after two seasons in the wilderness. Bellamy may be 32 but he can still make an impact, last term he did well at Cardiff City and almost helped them to the Premier League promised land and whilst the Welsh international is clearly a player in the autumn of his career he could still prove very useful indeed.
Kenny Dalglish has first choice strike pairing of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll to count on initially but if either of the pair gets injured or has a patch of poor form there is not that much in the way of back up. Dirk Kuyt is not a converted right sided midfielder and David N’Gog, who has never really impressed on a consistent basis, is said to be on his way to Bolton.
The Man City attacker can also play on the wings and can add strength to that area as well, also the vastly experienced former Newcastle United, West Ham and Blackburn Rovers front man could be used effectively to close out games by coming off the bench to use his pace to worry tired opposition legs.
Given that Liverpool have spent over £50m to bring in Jordan Henderson, Doni, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jose Enrique a further signing that would cost nothing would help keep costs from escalating.
By all accounts Liverpool will offer their former player a year long contract with an option for another year dependent on his progress.