Liverpool are chasing a fourth Southampton player in the shape of Jay Rodriguez, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The Reds have already swooped for the Saints’ captain and top scorer from last term in Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert and are also eyeing £20m centre-back Dejan Lovren.

And now Brendan Rodgers also wants Rodriguez, who impressed before a serious knee injury ended his campaign and World Cup hopes.

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J-Rod is not due to return to action until October, but reports on his fitness have been encouraging.

This has tempted Rodgers, who is keen to re-invest the £75m fee received for Luis Suarez in his first-team in a bid to cope with the rigours of Premier League and Champions League action next season.

The 24-year-old linked well with Lambert and Lallana to net 15 goals in all competitions during 2013/14, which impressed the Anfield chief.

As well as Rodriguez, Liverpool are chasing Swansea’s Wilfried Bony and QPR striker Loic Remy.

Spanish flop Iago Aspas may be offloaded as part of a deal to snap up £18m-rated Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno in what will be a busy summer of transfers on Merseyside.

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