Reds need to add more bodies in attack at Anfield next season.
Liverpool are planning on hijacking city rivals Everton’s planned summer swoop for in-demand Wigan Athletic front man Arouna Kone, says the Sun.
The experienced Ivory Coast international only arrived at the DW stadium at the beginning of the previous campaign, having signed for the Premier League strugglers from Liga outfit Levante on a three-year contract for just £3.5 million last August.
And in his debut season in the top flight, the 29-year-old proved himself to have a real eye for goal, netting an impressive 13 strikes in just 38 fixtures in all competitions for the Latics, including 11 in only 34 Premier League contests, although his goalscoring form was still not enough to prevent Wigan from being relegated to the Championship.
Still, he scored the same amount as established top flight marksmen Jermain Defoe and Carlos Tevez, and only one less than each of Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero – despite playing for a bottom-three outfit.
As a result, his former boss Martinez was keen to bring the attacker with him to the Toffees, but the Reds may now scupper those hopes by also meeting the £6.5m release clause in his Wigan contract.