Liverpool are reportedly weighing up a January move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore, who is unhappy with his current situation at the French club.
The Argentina international joined the Ligue 1 giants in a big-money move back in the summer of 2011, kick-starting the club's signing spree under the new owners, but has fallen out-of-favour of late, especially under new manager Laurent Blanc.
PSG are now understood to be ready to offload Pastore and, according to the Metro, Liverpool are considering an approach for the 24-year-old in January. The player's representative Marcelo Simonian had recently hinted his client could leave the French club in the next transfer window.
"In football there are always ups and downs. He has been happy there, but now is not the time for nostalgia. We will see what happens in the next few months," the agent pointed out.
Pastore notched 24 goals and 16 assists from 90 appearances in all competitions for PSG in the last two seasons and helped them secure their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years last term.
The Argentine is understood to be available for around £17m but Liverpool are likely to face competition for his services from the likes of Napoli and AC Milan, who are keen on bringing the midfielder back to Italy.
The Reds had already signed defender Mamadou Sakho from PSG on transfer deadline day for a fee understood to be around £15m.
Meanwhile, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes striker Fabio Borini will enjoy his loan spell at Sunderland.
The Italian is currently at the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan deal from Anfield and former Sunderland star Mignolet has backed the forward to impress during his time with the Black Cats.
"I know that Fabio can do really good things over there, it's a place where he will enjoy playing football. Once he starts scoring goals, the fans will love him as well. I think that it's a very good place for him to be and he will definitely do well for the club. I'm hoping the club does well," the stopper said.