Liverpool bid £25m for Brazilian attacker Alex Teixeira

Liverpool have reportedly made a bid to sign highly-rated Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Alex Teixeira, who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea.

According to the reliable Paul Joyce of the Express, Reds chief executive Ian Ayre has flown out to Florida to finalise a deal for the Brazilian, with Shakhtar currently at a winter training camp there.

Liverpool are thought to value Teixeira at somewhere close to £25million, although it is believed his club would want somewhere in the region of £39million for his services.

Chelsea, as mentioned, have been tipped to sign the 26-year-old in recent weeks, but their attention now appears to have turned to fellow Brazilian Alexandre Pato.

Jurgen Klopp is suffering from an injury crisis in attack currently, with reinforcements clearly needed in the January transfer window.

Christian Benteke once again showed that he is not cutting the mustard against Exeter City on Wednesday night, while Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi are all out injured.

Signing Teixeira would certainly be a statement of intent by Liverpool, with the South American enjoying a sensational season for Shakhtar.

He has scored an impressive 22 goals in just 15 league appearances, and four goals in Europe to date. His ability to play in numerous attacking roles would also surely appeal to Klopp.

If Ayre could get a deal over the line, similar to how he sealed a move for Roberto Firmino last summer, it would potentially be a wonderful piece of business by the Reds.

Liverpool are desperately in need of a player who is going to add goals to the team, and Teixeira could be just that.

The prospect of a Brazilian front-three of Teixeira, Firmino and Philippe Coutinho is mouthwatering.

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