Liverpool are reportedly close to agreeing on a deal with Sheffield United regarding the permanent sale of Rhian Brewster.

Reputable journalist James Pearce of The Athletic claimed a sale would only be sanctioned if Liverpool negotiated a buy-back option.

In terms of a fee, it is reported that the club’s asking price is around £25 million.

If this deal goes through it suddenly opens an attacking vacancy that the club would look to potentially fill in the coming weeks.

Here is a look at four forwards who Liverpool could sign for £40 million or less…

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Watford FC v Liverpool FC - Premier League

WATFORD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 29: Ismaila Sarr of Watford celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on February 29, 2020 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ismaila Sarr

Explosive winger Ismailla Sarr is a player who has previously been touted with an interest from Liverpool and the forward made a strong impression on the club during his inaugural Premier League campaign.

He famously destroyed Liverpool’s unbeaten run back in February after scoring twice and assisting for Watford during a stunning 3-0 victory.

With Watford relegated, Sarr could be available, and at just 22, he is only going to get better.

The Evening Standard report that Watford are currently holding out for £40 million fee although the asking price could drop the closer we get to the October 5 deadline.

Considering the player’s idol is his Senegalese countryman Sadio Mane, if Sarr is able to blossom in a similar way to the Liverpool speedster then Jurgen Klopp could have a real player on his hands for the future.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Bundesliga

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – JANUARY 20: Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen (9) celebrates after he scored a goal to make it 0:1 during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on January 20, 2018 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Leon Bailey

Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey is keen on a move to the Premier League with the player switching agents earlier this summer, The Express reports.

The speedy Jamaican forward could be a versatile option for Klopp considering he can play on both the right and left flanks.

Sky Sports reported this week that Bailey wants a move to the English top-flight, with Leverkusen reportedly holding out for a fee in the region of £40 million.

The Express reported in March that Liverpool were considering a move with Leverkusen preferring to sell to the Reds as opposed to Bayern Munich.


Belgium’s Jeremy Doku celebrates after scoring the 5-1 goal during a game between the Belgian Red Devils and the Iceland national soccer team, Tuesday 08 September 2020, in Brussels, the second game in the Uefa Nations League competition. BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Jeremy Doku

Anderlecht wonderkid Jeremy Doku recently burst onto the international scene following a stunning debut with Belgium.

Doku, 18, was handed his first cap by Roberto Martinez on Saturday following a substitute appearance in the final two minutes of a 2-0 win against Denmark in Copenhagen.

Days later, the young striker was handed his first start for his national side in Brussels. Doku rounded off a stunning performance by scoring his first goal for his country during a 5-1 rout against Iceland.

Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, European Football Correspondent for HLN, recently credited Liverpool’s interest in Doku following his inaugural Belgium goal by stating: “Liverpool tried to sign him two years ago”.

Pearce also confirmed Liverpool’s interest during a weekly column with The Athletic.

He said: “Liverpool tried to sign him two years ago and he was given a tour of Melwood.

“However, he decided he would be better off staying put after Anderlecht made him guarantees about first-team football.

“I’m sure Liverpool are still watching him closely but I’m not aware of any plans to make another move for him at this stage.”

Sevilla v Inter - 2020 UEFA Europa League Final

COLOGNE, GERMANY – AUGUST 21: (—-EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT – “UEFA / Stuart Franklin / HANDOUT” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS—-) Lucas Ocampos celebrates after Luuk de Jong (not seen) of Sevilla scored a goal during the 2020 UEFA Europa League Final match between Sevilla and Inter at the Rhein-Energie stadium in Cologne, Germany on August 21, 2020. (Photo by Stuart Franklin-UEFA-handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Lucas Ocampos

The final potential attacking possibility for Liverpool is the oldest of the quartet in the form of Lucas Ocampos of Sevilla.

Ocampos, 26, was dubbed with a potential move to Anfield back in 2015 when the Argentine winger was with Monaco according to Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb.

Previously touted as one of European club football’s generational talents, Ocampos has flourished at Sevilla since his 2019 move and has shown signs of fulfilling his potential in La Liga.

He recently scored the goal to knock Wolves out of the Europa League quarter-finals, one of 17 goals he scored in 2019/20.


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