Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that he can make up for the disappointment in missing out on Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey by beating Tottenham to Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriiano.

Rodgers had tracked both Sigurdsson and Dempsey over the summer, but on both occasions was unable to sign the midfielders who instead made the move to White Hart Lane.

Luiz Adriano
Adriano in action in the Champions League against Porto [Reuters]

It now seems the two clubs will once again compete as they attempt to convince Adriano to make the move to the Premier League during the January transfer window.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Liverpool and Tottenham had scouts at the recent Champions League fixture which saw Shakhtar concede a last minute winner to Chelsea who ran out 3-2 victors at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham's north London rivals Arsenal have also been heavily linked with Adriano since the summer, with the Mail believing that they too had representatives in the stands to watch the striker in action.

Adriano is part of a growing number of Brazilians who have made a name for themselves at the Ukrainian club, with his fellow countryman Willian and Fernandinho both attracting numerous admirers from the Premier League.

The 25-year-old is in his seventh season with Shakhtar having left Internacional as a teenager, and has already won four league titles and the UEFA Cup back in 2009.

With 45 goals in 107 league appearances, it is little wonder that Tottenham and Liverpool are interested, as both clubs have just two senior strikers on their books.

Liverpool have both heavily reliant on Luis Suarez, with Fabio Borini sidelined until the New Year, and Rodgers has admitted that he needs to bring one or two new forwards to the club in January.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas also has just two senior forwards to pick from in Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor, a scenario that could cause a problem when competing both domestically and in Europe.

The Mail believes that Arsenal were offered the striker in the summer, but instead decided to pursue a deal for Olivier Giroud who eventually completed his move from Montpellier.

Arsenal have also been linked with numerous strikers as they attempt to try and fill the sizeable void which has been left from Robin van Persie's departure.

However, it seems more likely that Tottenham and Liverpool could be the sides that pursue a move for Adriano during the winter transfer window.

Adriano has never represented his country and does not automatically qualify for a work permit, however, the Mail believes that the strikers representatives believes they have a strong enough case to convince the appeals panel.

All three clubs will have further opportunities to watch the striker in action in Europe as he has been an ever present in the Champions League side, starting all four games and catching the eye with his performances against Chelsea.