Liverpool have made Valencia striker Roberto Soldado their number one target to replace Luis Suarez should the Uruguayan leave Anfield this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
Liverpool are thought to be in a straight fight with Tottenham for the Spanish forward, and have been encouraged by the fact the North London club have so far been unwilling to match Valencia’s £26million asking price.
Spurs have already sent their technical director Franco Baldini for talks over a potential move for the striker, which ended with the club seeing a £22million bid firmly rejected.
Valencia want a deal done by August 3, and have demanded a transfer fee of £26million to help ease the clubs debt.
The future of Luis Suarez remains up in the air, and both Liverpool and the player are thought to want a decisive outcome to the saga within the next 48 hours.
The striker is thought to be furious at the fact the Anfield club have blocked his proposed £40million switch to Anfield, with it being thought the situation may be about to turn ugly.
Suarez and has advisors may be considering consulting lawyers, after his agent revealed the player was led to believe a move would be allowed if a club bid in excess of £35million for his services.
Liverpool are keen for the situation to be resolved quickly, so they know whether to push ahead with a move for Valencia captain Soldado.