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Liverpool FC are hoping to boost their firepower with the signing of Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas this summer.
The Reds have registered their interest in the 25-year-old Spaniard, who has plundered 11 goals in 32 appearances in La Liga this season.
Relegation-threatened Celta are resigned to losing Aspas during the upcoming transfer window.
However, they have made it clear they aren't prepared to enter into negotiations until after the end of their league campaign in a fortnight.
Aspas has a buyout clause of 10 million euros (£8.5million) but could leave for half that price if Celta are relegated. With two games to play, bottom-placed Celta are four points adrift of safety.
Liverpool have had the 5ft 9ins frontman, who is a product of the club's Academy, watched frequently this season and the reports have been glowing.
Equally at home leading the line, playing as a second striker or in a wider role, his versatility makes him a good fit for Brendan Rodgers' system.
The manager wants a fourth striking option to complement Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini and improve the depth of his squad.
Liverpool believe Aspas fits the bill. He plundered a career-best 29 goals to help Celta win promotion back to Spain's top flight in 2011/12.
This season he has been the star performer in a struggling side with six assists to go with his 11 league goals.
Blessed with good pace, fiercely committed and a clinical finisher, Aspas has also attracted interest from Swansea City and Valencia.
Once Celta's fate is known, Liverpool will attempt to agree a fee with the Spanish outfit and try to convince the striker to make the move to Anfield.
The Reds are also looking to sign Schalke's £12million-rated centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos. The 21-year-old Greek international is their No. 1 target to replace Jamie Carragher.
Liverpool are expected to snap up Manchester City's experienced defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer and will open talks with Sporting Lisbon over young centre-back Tiago Ilori.
Lille's talented left-back Lucas Digne is among a number of other players under consideration at Anfield.
Source: Liverpool Echo
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