Newcastle United may well be running out of patience with striker Demba Ba after the club reportedly refused to meet the players wage demands.
A report in the Metro states that Newcastle are unhappy with the representatives of the Senegal international and are unwilling to pay the £50,000-a-week that is being asked for.
It also appears as though there is still a release clause in the forwards contract, despite one running out in the summer, and Ba could yet leave if an offer of £7.5million is made.
The Metro believes that Liverpool would consider meeting the fee in order to bolster their attacking options with a striker who is currently the leading scorer in the Premier League with six goals.
Liverpool are short of options in attack after allowing Andy Carroll to join West Ham on a season-long loan, meaning that manager Brendan Rodgers has just Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini to call upon from the senior first team squad.
Borini is currently sidelined through injury and Rodgers has been forced to call upon a number of his young players, with Spanish attacker Suso making his league debut in the 5-2 win over Norwich.
Before Suarez fired a hat-trick to inspire Liverpool to their first league win of the season, the Merseyside club had struggled to convert their opportunities and Rodgers had been questioned for allowing Carroll to leave.
However, the Daily Star believes that Rodgers could well have the option to sell the striker in January as it seems Newcastle may be prepared to make another offer for their former player.
The North East club attempted to complete loan deal for Carroll in the summer and could now make an offer in January when Liverpool have the option to recall the England international from his loan at West Ham.
It is still unclear as to whether Carroll has a future at Liverpool, but it does seem as though Ba could well be prepared to leave Newcastle after the comments from his agent Alex Gontran.
"Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Demba doesn't understand the management," said Gontran. "If he continues to be a substitute all season we will look at other solutions."
Ba did start against Reading at the weekend and scored both goals as he continues to have an impressive record for the Magpies, with 23 league goals since joining just over one year ago.