LIVERPOOL are ready to push ahead in their attempts to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Kevin Gameiro.
Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers has pinpointed 25-year-old Gameiro as he looks to ease the goalscoring burden on chief striker Luis Suarez.
Rodgers is hoping to complete a £12million move for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge this week and also wants to bring Blackpool’s Tom Ince back to the club.
Liverpool have been tracking Gameiro for a number of months and are pondering a six-month loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer.
Gamiero has made eight appearances for France but has fallen down the pecking order at PSG following the summer arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Despite Rodgers intimating January would be a quiet month, there could be movement both in and out of Anfield with interest in several of his players.
Sebastian Coates, who has seen his first-team opportunities limited this season, is being tracked by a host of clubs including Italian trio Lazio, Napoli and Juventus along with Brazilian side Santos.
Should Liverpool be in a position to cash in on Coates – who arrived for £7million from Nacional less than 18 months ago – they could move for 21-year-old French centre-back Nicolas Isimat-Mirin from Valenciennes.
Queens Park Rangers failed in an attempt to take Coates on loan until the end of the season, but are still interested in signing Joe Cole.
Liverpool had offered Cole to French side Lille – where he spent a successful spell on loan last season – in a swap deal for Salomon Kalou but cooled their interest having further assessed the former Chelsea winger’s form.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have been taking steps to ensure the bug that has swept through the club doesn’t drastically affect Rodgers’s team selection for tomorrow’s Premier League visit of Sunderland.
Rodgers was among a number of people sent home by the club doctor ahead of Sunday’s 3-0 win at Queens Park Rangers.
Jordan Henderson was also struck by the illness on Saturday night but stepped off his sickbed to play an hour at Loftus Road in only his third Premier League start of the season.
“I was close to not playing,” said the midfielder. “I had a bad stomach and was sick on Saturday night, which is unusual for me as I’m normally never sick.
“I caught the bug a few people and the boss got, but I love playing football and I want to play every chance I get for this club.
“There's a lot of competition for places at this club so when you are given the opportunity you can't let anything get in the way so I was pleased to be able to play.”
Henderson began his career at Sunderland and is expecting a difficult evening against his former side.
“It's another big game for us against Sunderland, who have been doing quite well of late and they beat Manchester City,” he added.
“Sunderland will always have a special place in my heart but we are confident we can do well and get the right result.”
Liverpool will be without Jose Enrique, who is undergoing treatment at Melwood after limping off on Sunday with a tear in his hamstring.