LIVERPOOL FC are increasingly confident they can land a January double capture of Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince.
Brendan Rodgers has targeted the pair as he looks to bolster his strikeforce and provide support for leading goalscorer Luis Suarez.
The Northern Irishman is keen to conclude any business early during next month’s transfer window after being outmanoeuvred in his attempts to sign a forward on deadline day in August.
Sturridge, on Rodgers’ shopping list in the summer, has grown frustrated with his lack of first-team action at Chelsea, with Liverpool ready to offer £12million.
Ince has been hugely impressive for npower Championship outfit Blackpool this season, scoring 13 goals in 20 appearances and earning an England under-21 call-up.
The 20-year-old was sold for £500,000 in August 2011 by Liverpool to the Tangerines, who are asking for in the region of £6m for the winger.
However, the Anfield outfit will not have to pay that amount having negotiated a 35% sell-on clause when Ince departed 16 months ago.
Meanwhile, Joe Cole has vowed to fight to salvage his Liverpool career rather than seek an escape route in the New Year.
Cole netted his first Premier League goal in more than 18 months when he came off the bench to net in the Anfield outfit’s 3-2 win at West Ham United on Sunday.
The 31-year-old’s time at the club appeared to be drawing to a close after being dragged off at half-time in the Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea City on October 31.
Cole, though, responded with a goal and a man-of-the-match performance in the 2-2 Europa League draw against Young Boys before his weekend strike at Upton Park.
And the midfielder has given no indication he will seek a move when the transfer window opens next month.
“I am going in to training every day and just giving my all,” said Cole. “That is all I can do. When I am called upon, I will do the best job that I can.