Liverpool prepare player-plus cash deal for Ligue 1 hitman

Despite Senegal’s current involvement in the African Cup of Nations, Liverpool are ready to join the hunt for Lille star striker, Moussa Sow, and will offer Joe Cole in part exchange for his services.

The forward is reportedly on the radar of several Premier League outfits including Newcastle United, Tottenham and Arsenal all of whom are looking to boost their offensive options.

Reports were suggesting that the Merseysiders were in the market to sign a striker over the January transfer window regardless, however the eight-match suspension of Luis Suarez will only highlight their need for another attacker.

Sow’s teammate, Joe Cole, is currently enjoying his loan spell at Lille and is apparently open to making the move a permanent deal; something that would interest both clubs.

The Reds have been experiencing a lack of firepower in recent months and while they are still yet to concede defeat at home this season, a more worrying statistic is their failure to score.

For a club of Liverpool’s stature, they will undoubtedly feel as if they are punching far below their weight after failing to score on seven occasions this season.

Of the seven, two of these fixtures have been in front of their own fans who will also have felt that 0-0 draws against Swansea and Stoke are simply not good enough.

Sow boasts an impressive goalscoring average at Lille, netting just over 30 goals for the Ligue 1 side in 55 appearances.

The 25 year-old is nearly as impressive on the international scene, scoring five goals in 14 appearances with the side for whom he will be aspiring to fire to African Cup of Nations glory in early February.

Sow has 18 months left to run on his current contract at the Stade Metropole and has personally stated his willingness to move to the English top flight.

Lille will still be seeking a cash payment of around £11m for Sow’s signature but with Joe Cole moving in the opposite direction, the Reds appear to be on to a deal-breaker.

Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy are holding the fort at Anfield in terms of available forwards, and with Sow possibly on international duty until February, the English giants may have to settle for the duo to up their performance before seeing the £15m-rated striker play.

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