Anfield side close in on talented youngster.
Liverpool are reportedly in talks with Brazilian side Internacional ahead of a bid for highly rated forward Leandro Damiao. Anfield director of football Damien Comolli has been tracking the young striker and has sent scouts to Porto Alegre to monitor his progress and now the Merseyside club is ready to make an offer for the £18m rated striker.
Kenny Dalglish is said to be keen to boost his attacking options having seen big money signing Andy Carroll fail to make an impact or form a consistent partnership with top scorer Luis Suarez. The Scot is also aware that his back up options, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt, at 31 and 32 respectively are not long term propositions.
Damaio was heavily linked with interest from Tottenham, who had signed midfielder Sandro from the same club last year, but reports emerging from Brazil suggest that Liverpool may not be leading the chase for the 22 year old striker.
In his first season in the Internacional first team he helped the club to a Copa Libertadores success and then last term the talented Brazilian international scored a hugely impressive 37 goals in 45 games across all competitions for Internacional last term, form that earned him a place in the national team set-up for whom he scored the winner in their friendly with Ghana in September.
Comolli and Dalglish will be looking to Liverpool’s American owners to fund a big money offer for Damaio which given that they have forked out over £100 on new players in 2011, should not be a concern, not least the striker fits the criteria of player they are willing to invest in. Namely a youthful player who can help in the long term future of the club and one with good sell on value potential.