Liverpool will make a formal offer for Lyon striker Alexander Lacazette in the coming days, reports French website le10sport.com.
Lacazette has been a revelation for Lyon this season, and has netted 23 goals across all competitions; 20 in the league for the table-topping Les Gone.
Liverpool have been long linked with the Lyon born striker, and could approach the club with a view to bring the 23-year-old to Anfield.
But Liverpool could face could face a stiff competition from reigning French champions PSG for the signature of Lacazette, who also have made their interest in the player known.
The Reds have faced problems upfront with summer arrival Mario Balotelli struggling for form, Daniel Sturridge yet to recover from injury, while Lambert and Borini have been inconsistent.
Although Brendan Rodgers revealed that Liverpool are set to have a quiet January transfer window, a move for Lacazette makes sense. The Frenchman has been prolific for Lyon, propelling his side to the top of the Ligue 1 with his 20 goals, and are already dreaming of the title and a Champions League berth.
Lacazette recently himself spoke of his desire to stay at the Stade de Gerland.
“I have not expressed the desire to leave , so for me it is obvious to stay at the club and continue on the project ” said the 23-year-old.
Lyon manager Hubert Fournier is adamant that Lacazette will stay, and has rubbished ‘stupid’ talks of Lacazette’s sale. “It would be stupid to cut the dynamics selling a centerpiece of the team,” he said
A lot depends on Lyon Jean-Michel Aulas, who In the past has warned suitors off the coveted Lacazette.
Liverpool meanwhile are also interested in signing Club Brugge’s 22-year-old goalkeeper Matthew Ryan, according to The Metro. Brendan Rodgers is not convinced by first choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, and even dropped the Belgian earlier. Australian goalkeeper Ryan’s agent has welcomed the interest from Liverpool, but insists any move in the winter is unlikely with the player out on national duty with Australia at the Asian Cup.
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