Liverpool hoping to steal move for Chelsea target

In a bid to revive what has been a faltering first half to the Premier League season, Liverpool are looking to pip Chelsea to the signing of River Plate winger, Lucas Ocampos.

The 17 year-old made his first start for the Argentine giants in 2011 and appears to have been one of the brighter outcomes to what was a chaotic year at the club.

River Plate were famously relegated to the Primera Nacional B for the first time in their prestigious history last year, after they failed to come out on top in a Clausura playoff series.

Ocampos was a major target for Chelsea over the summer, and after the Blues failed to land their man, River Plate issued a hands off warning over their player, saying that he would continue his development in Argentina for some years to come.

However, this news has nothing to deter Liverpool and the Merseysiders see the youngster as a candidate to helping the team return to greatness.

The Reds are known to be considering a host of attacking options and despite the £18m summer signing of Stewart Downing, they are reportedly keen to sign another winger.

Amongst the shortlist, Eden Hazard, Adam Johnson and Lukas Podolski have all been linked with moves to Anfield, but with January transfers increasingly hard to come by, Ocampos has made the cut.

The starlet is currently valued at around £18m but a bid of at least £20m is expected to be required as River Plate rate their teenage charge very highly.

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