Liverpool have reignited their interest in Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa and have approached the club over a possible move this summer, reports suggest.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the France international on a number of occasions in the past and reportedly saw a bid during the January transfer window hastily dismissed by Alan Pardew.
But L'Equipe report Brendan Rodgers' side have not given up on the former Lyon and Marseille star and have made enquiries into his availability as the former Swansea City manager aims to bring in players capable of having an immediate impact on his starting XI.
The 26-year-old endured an injury-ridden last campaign, starting just six league games as he struggled with a persistent hamstring problem, returning during the latter stages of the season to score a decisive penalty against Queens Park Rangers that ensured the Magpies Premier League survival.
After such a disappointing campaign season, Newcastle will be keen to hold onto their best creative outlet in Ben Arfa, who is contracted to the club until 2015, as they aim to rebuild after barely surviving relegation.
The presence of Joe Kinnear, who was named the club's new director of football in May, could also have an effect on the Frenchman's future, with the former Newcastle manager now running rule on all the club's incoming and outgoing transfers.
Liverpool have already busied themselves in the transfer market, bringing Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto to Anfield. The latter two will offer Rodgers greater options in attack, but the Northern Irishman has indicated that he is still on the lookout for players capable of slotting straight into his starting XI.
With two years of Premier League experience under his belt, Ben Arfa is already accustomed to English football, and could fill that quota. Having missed out on former Shakhtar Donetsk star Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has completed a move to Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool will be keen to add someone capable of operating across his attacking front line as soon as possible.