Liverpool join race to sign South American utility

According to reports, Mauricio Isla is now attracting the attention of more than one Premier League side, with Liverpool now monitoring his situation.

Arsenal are the other side being linked with a January move for the Udinese playmaker and could provide heavy competition for his signature.

Despite signing Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson over the summer months, it still seems as though the Merseysiders are lacking a creative edge in their struggle to score goals.

The case isn’t helped when you consider that Luis Suarez is currently serving an eight-match and won’t be returning until next month.

As a result, Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy will fill in as senior strikers at the club and better supply could be the only way to improve the performances of the former.

Isla is primarily a central midfielder but has made a name for himself as one of the most versatile players in the Serie A, capable of playing in just about any area of the pitch.

The Chilean international has been known to feature across the backline, at central midfield, on the wing or even as a supporting striker.

With Lucas Leiva set to miss the rest of the campaign with an ACL injury, the side are lacking in holding midfielders as Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing fail to fulfil the Brazilian’s boots.

The Anfield outfit continue to be associated with wingers also, meaning Isla could prove the ideal signing for the Premier League giants.

Udinese won’t be keen to let go of their utility who has made 21 starts for his club this season, but may have no choice in the matter should Liverpool meet his £12m asking price.

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