Liverpool and Arsenal are keeping close tabs on Hugo Rodallega’s situation at Wigan as the striker refuses to sign a new deal.
The Colombia international risks being frozen out of Roberto Martinez’s first-team plans and was left on the bench for the Premier League opener against Norwich.
The 26-year-old could remain sidelined unless he pens an extension to his contract, which expires at the end of the season.
The Latics risk losing their prized asset for nothing next summer and could cash-in on the £9m-rated forward before the current transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Reds manager Kenny Dalglish is keen to bring in the pacey attacker to give Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez some high-quality support as the Kop aim to break back in to the Premier League top four.
While Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will reinvest some of the funds from the sale of Cesc Fabregas Barcelona into signing a new forward, as Nicklas Bendtner heads towards the Emirates exit.
The French tactician is hoping to conclude a deal for Birmingham defender Scott Dann by the end of the week as Wenger looks to bolster his backline before the transfer deadline.