Liverpool has received a boost in their pursuit of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain after the Italian club wrapped up the signing of the Sampdoria front-man Manolo Gabbiadini for £11million to create further competition among the strikers. This will pave the way for Liverpool to trigger a £30million release clause in Higuain’s contract six months earlier than planned. (Express)

Seria A side Inter Milan is ready to offer £7million for defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva. Following the acquisitions of both Shaqiri and Podolski, Inter Milan is looking to further strengthen and mount a serious challenge for a Champions League spot. Even though Lucas has become a regular starter in the Liverpool side, the Reds will reportedly consider the offer. (Mirror)

Roma playmaker Miralen Pjanic is the subject of a £23 million bid from Liverpool after legendary captain Steven Gerrard announced his departure from the club. The club sees the Bosnian star as a suitable replacement and will look to bring him in as soon as possible with a £4 million-a-year wage package on the cards. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling is enjoying an extended winter break in Jamaica recharging his batteries and is set to put pen to paper on a new contract at Liverpool. Manager Brenden Rodgers is desperate for him to stay and fend off strong interest from European giants Real Madrid. (Mirror)

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has given Liverpool a major transfer boost after revealing that he wants to play in either Spain or England. The 23 year old has impressed for the Ligue 1 side this campaign, scoring a total of 19 goals in 20 appearances. The hitman is rated at £15 million and Liverpool will try to bring him in as soon as possible with all their strikers misfiring. (Mirror)

Liverpool is considering a loan move for Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after the player revealed that he is left frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities for the La Liga side. The 22 year old German international will be sure to start for the Reds with Mignolet performing terribly out of form and making costly mistakes in front of goal. (Star)

Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri has snubbed a move to Liverpool in order to sign for Inter Milan. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted that Shaqiri turned down a €20 million switch to Anfield in favour of helping Inter Milan mount a serious Seria A challenge and push for a Champions League spot. (Mirror)

Alan Pardew has told Liverpool that they will have to make a mega money offer to lure Yannick Bolasie away from Crystal Palace. (Daily Express)

Another potential Steven Gerrard replacement being lined up for a summer move by Brenden Rodgers is England international James Milner. The player will be out of contract at Manchester City in the summer and talks for a new deal to keep him have stalled. (Daily Mail)

Greek side Olympiakos want to take misfiring Mario Batotelli on loan for the remainder of the season, after the Italian striker is still unable to find his feet for the Merseyside club. Olympiakos is prepared to pay his wages in entirety for the rest of the season – if the deal goes through. (Mirror)

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