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Anfield side hot on the heels of some much needed striking reinforcements.
Of all the areas Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be looking to address when the transfer window re-opens next month it will surely be his lack of striking options that the Northern Irish manager looks to deal with first.
Currently the Anfield side are overly reliant on Luis Suarez and even with the Uruguayan in a rich vein of form the Merseyside club are still struggling to close out games, as clearly evidenced by their most recent Premier League encounter where despite being at home Liverpool could only scrape to a 1-0 win over Southampton, a side who had conceded 19 goals in their previous six away fixtures.
With that in mind Liverpool have been linked with a myriad of potential striker additions, here are five based in the Premier League.
Demba Ba (Newcastle United)
Newcastle striker Demba Ba is yet to be persuaded to sign a new deal as the January transfer window looms.
Sportsmail understands the 27-year-old Senegal international has rejected the club’s latest offer as they attempt to negotiate out the release clause contained in his initial contract.
Despite concerted speculation during the summer, no potential suitor activated the £7.5million get-out which could have lured the former West Ham frontman away from St James’ Park.
However, while supporters heaved a sigh of relief that last season’s leading scorer would be staying on Tyneside, manager Alan Pardew revealed that the clause would become active once again next month.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
And as Alan Pardew worries about the Demba Ba’s future at St James’ Park a host of prospective suitors eagerly await the January transfer window re-opening so that they can assert their interest in the 27 year old. Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for the former West Ham man and may feel that a bid to trigger the striker’s £7.5m release clause would be a wise financial decision to take.
Ba may have hit a period of average form but that hasn’t stopped the Senegal international from scoring eight Premier League goals in 13 starts thus far this season, form that will not have gone unnoticed.
If Newcastle United fans are of the opinion that the lethal finisher would have the loyalty to remain at the North-East club they need only recall just how swiftly he left West Ham after they were relegated to the Championship.
The player’s wage demands may well lead to Pardew happily accepting his inevitable departure and given the relatively low transfer fee those salary expectations may be easier for Liverpool to cope with financially.