Liverpool have begun talks to bring Manchester City winger Adam Johnson to Anfield on a permanent deal, according to ESPN.
The Reds also face competition from Sunderland, who recently put forward a £10million bid for the 25-year-old.
Reports suggest that City are keen for a quick sale of Johnson, so they can up their pursuit of the purchase of Swansea’s Scott Sinclair.
Meanwhile, with the transfer window slowly creaking shut, several of this morning’s newspapers, including the Daily Telegraphy suggest the Reds are ready to cut their losses with Andy Carroll.
Newcastle may stand firm and offer just £12million for the England striker, a full £22million down on his price tag when Liverpool signed him from the North East club last January.