Liverpool are reportedly ready to make an offer for Argentine International striker Fernando Cavenaghi from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux when the transfer window opens in January, according to reports in France.
French side Bordeaux have moved to reject the speculation that there is interest in their 25-year-old forward, who has been in superb form for the French side this season and last in the French top-flight, but sources close to Bordeaux reportedly concede that they will lose Cavenaghi in January to a top European club.
Cavenaghi joined Bordeaux from Russian side Spartak Moscow in January 2007 and scored 22 goals in 35 appearances for Bordeaux last season. Including a run of 10 goals in 9 matches, which gained the former River Plate striker a call-up to the Argentine national team.
Reds manager Rafa Benitez is understood to want Cavenaghi to replace Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt at Anfield, with Kuyt a target for Bundesliga side SV Hamburg, who are coached by former Tottenham Hotspur boss Martin Jol.
The Merseyside club are believed to be the only side to have made enquiries about the Argentine, with the striker valued in the region of £12million, which would be part financed by the sale of Kuyt. With Benitez already being made aware by Liverpool’s American owners that any new signings in January will have to be funded by the sale of players at the club.