Liverpool have made an enquiry as to the availability of Porto forward Jackson Martinez, according to the Daily Express.
The Anfield club went through in the FA Cup third round on Monday night, beating AFC Wimbledon 2-1 after a brace from captain Steven Gerrard.
His second goal was a beauty, a whipped free kick effort that beat the stretching Wimbledon goalkeeper.
However, reliance on Gerrard is becoming an issue, especially with his departure imminent – he has scored four goals in the last two games for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
As a result, they are intending to bring forward reinforcements to the club in January, and Porto’s Martinez is the primary target.
They have now approached the Portuguese side about pushing through a move for the £30 million rated striker.
They would hope to replace the goal shy Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli by signing him, with neither filling the boots of summer departure Luis Suarez.
Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing up the Liverpool targeted Porto striker Jackson Martinez.
Martinez has emerged as a consistent target for the Reds over the last few months as they look to replace Luis Suarez, who moved to Barcelona in the summer for around £75 million.
The Anfield club have struggled to replace the Uruguayan since his departure, with both Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert struggling for goals.
Liverpool’s first choice striker, Daniel Sturridge, has missed large swathes of the campaign due to injuries, which has exacerbated the situation.
As a result, Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have chased Jackson Martinez, with £30 million earmarked to sign him in January.
However, they now face competition from north London side Spurs.
Mauricio Pochettino has seen both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado struggle to convert, with Harry Kane preferred ahead of them.
The Argentine boss is looking to add more firepower to his side, and has turned to Martinez to achieve that.
Porto forward Jackson Martinez’s potential January move to Liverpool in January seems to have been dashed by the player’s agent, as reported by the Daily Star.
Martinez has been repeatedly chased by Premier League sides in the recent past, but Liverpool have been most highly linked with a move for the player in January.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was thought to be lining up a move for the powerful striker, with the Anfield club intending to make a £30 million bid for the forward.
However, the player’s agent, Henrique Pompeu, has denied any possibility that the Colombian international will seek a move away from Portugal, and believes he will stay at Porto throughout the January transfer window.
“He wants to be champion in Portugal and go far in the Champions League.
“There is plenty of talk, but he has an agreement with Porto and will respect it.
“He won’t leave in January.”
Liverpool have struggled since the start of the reason.
A clear reason behind this is the departure of Luis Suarez.
While Liverpool tried to replace him with Mario Balotelli, this has not worked, and they are now trying to sign another forward.