Reds in the market

LONDON. — Liverpool have moved to ease their scoring problems by launching a bid to sign Brazilian striker Alex Teixeira.

Chief executive Ian Ayre has flown to Florida where Shakhtar Donetsk are at a winter training camp and played a friendly with Corinthians.

Liverpool value Teixeira at around £25million which equates to just over 30m euros. Shakhtar want nearer £39m (50m euros).

Chelsea were keen on signing Teixeira (26) but baulked at the asking price and have instead targeted Pato in a £7m deal.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has made striking reinforcements a priority with the injuries to Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings plus the ongoing difficulties endured by Christian Benteke.

Benteke spurned the opportunity to claim a morale boosting goal in Wednesday night’s 3-0 FA Cup replay victory over Exeter City. — The Daily Express.

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