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LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers is closing in on £20 million Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.
Rodgers believes Bony, who struck 25 goals for Swansea last season, can help fill the formidable gap left by Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona.
Bony, 25, scored twice for the Ivory Coast in the World Cup finals and is currently on holiday but is well aware of Liverpool's interest.
Swansea, who have brought in Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, know they face a fight to hold on to Bony, who they signed for £12m from Vitesse Arnhem last summer.
His contract has a £20m release clause, which Rodgers is prepared to pay his former club.
The Kop boss is also interested in the Swans' £10m-rated left-back Ben Davies.
But a replacement for Suarez is the main objective, and Bony fits the bill.
A back-up option is QPR's France star Loic Remy, who had a successful loan spell at Newcastle United last season and is available for £10m.
Rodgers, preparing for the club's return to the Champions League this season, is trying to land Southampton's Croatian central defender Dejan Lovren for £20m.
He has already snapped up Saints pair Adam Lallana (£25m) and Rickie Lambert (£4m), along with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can (£10m).
With pending deals for Benfica winger Lazar Markovic (£20m), who is due in for a medical tomorrow, and Lille's Belgium international striker Divock Origi (£11m), it means if everything comes off he will have committed £120m to rebuilding his Anfield squad.