Wilfried Bony
Swansea must fight to keep hold of Wilfried BonyGetty

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are set for a transfer battle in signing Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony in January, according to Goal.com

The Ivory Coast international recently signed a contract extension and the new deal will see the Welsh club keep him at the Liberty Stadium till 2018. However, this will not deter the Merseyside club or the north London side from making an approach for the striker.

The Reds and Tottenham are struggling in the league this season as they are ninth and 10th in the table respectively. Liverpool have the services of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge.

The England international last featured for the Anfield outfit in August and since then has been on the sidelines with multiple injuries. In addition to this, Balotelli is struggling with form and injuries as he is yet to score a goal in the league this season.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino has Harry Kane, Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor as the first choice strikers in the squad. However, the former Arsenal and Manchester City man has not featured for his side since November and Tottenham have now given him permission to return to Togo for personal reasons.

Liverpool and Tottenham need a striker in the mid-season transfer window to save their season and also keep their hope of qualifying for next season's Champions League alive. Both clubs have now set their sights on signing Bony, who has been in impressive form in this calendar year.

The 26-year-old has scored seven goals and managed two assists in 15 league appearances this season. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has long been an admirer of Bony and could make an approach for him next month.

Any move from Liverpool or Tottenham will see them spend big after Swansea manager Garry Monk claimed that interested clubs will have to pay an "astronomical" fee in signing Bony.

"It would take an astronomical fee for him [Bony] to go anywhere. We are not a selling club, we don't need to sell. We are very much committed with our players and they are committed to us and that's how we move on," Monk said.