Liverpool are seeking more changes to their forward options…
Brendan Rodgers will undergo a huge renovation of his attacking options in the January transfer window, as Liverpool look to recover from a sluggish start to the season.
CaughtOffside understand that the Reds are prepared to gamble on Dutch international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain, and will ditch Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert to make room in their squad for the new arrivals.
The incoming duo will complete a formidable looking strike force alongside Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge, who have struggled for form and fitness respectively so far this season.
According to reports in the Daily Express earlier this month, Huntelaar is available for as little as £3m, with his contract set to expire this summer, and his minimal transfer fee means that the Reds can afford to pay his €5m-per-year salary.
The 31-year-old has netted 282 goals in 442 games during his club career, including strikes in Holland, Spain, Italy and Germany – while he has found the net on four occasions so far this term.
Higuain, who is managed by former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez at Napoli, has become frustrated at his lack of Champions League football, with the Italian giants having missed out on qualification earlier this year.
The Argentine World Cup star, who has scored three times during the current campaign, would demand a fee of around £30m, but could be a tempting option for manager Brendan Rodgers, who will be hoping he can boost his funds with the sales of Borini and Lambert.
Liverpool are desperate to see the back of Borini, and accepted bids from Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers for the Italian during the summer transfer window. The player chose to stay and fight for his place in the team, but is well aware that chances are going to be few and far between.
Lambert has been a huge flop during his brief stint at Anfield. After arriving from Southampton during the summer, the England international has struggled to adapt to life on Merseyside, and could well be sacrificed at the turn of the year.
It wouldn’t be the first time the Reds have quickly cashed in on a summer transfer, with a similar approach taken to Robbie Keane, who returned to Tottenham just six months after moving away from White Hart Lane in 2008.
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