Liverpool owner John W Henry is ready to sanction a bid for Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey, but only if the club can find buyers for Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that Liverpool need to sell in order to acquire the funds needed to try and convince Fulham to sell their unhappy midfielder.
Dempsey has gone to extreme measures to make sure that he gets a move away from the west London club after informing his manager Martin Jol that he was not prepared to play in their first game of the season.
Fulham certainly did not miss the United States international as they romped to a 5-0 victory over Norwich last Saturday.
Dempsey has been linked with Liverpool for much of the summer and it appears the move could be on if Liverpool manage to offload Adam and Spearing. Both players have seen their chances in the first team reduced after the arrival of Joe Allen and the return from injury of Lucas Leiva.
The Mirror believes that Liverpool could even offer Adam to Fulham as part of the deal for Dempsey as they currently do not have the funds to make a straight cash offer.
Adam has always stated that he would like to fight for his place at Liverpool, having only been there for one season, however, he has also been strongly linked with Everton in recent weeks.
Liverpool will have to work quickly as next Friday represents deadline day and the last opportunity for Brendan Rodgers to overhaul his squad.
The Reds may find it easier to find a buyer for Spearing as there has already been plenty of interest from Championships side Bolton.
"He plays in a position we'd love to strengthen," admitted Bolton boss Owen Coyle earlier this week.
The original thought was that Bolton would look to land Spearing on a season-long loan, but Liverpool may now demand a transfer fee for the midfielder who has come through the youth ranks at the club.