Liverpool could bid for £16m Inter striker

Reports in Italy suggest that Liverpool are preparing a bid for Inter striker Mauro Icardi and could table an offer shortly.

Liverpool are being tipped to make a move for Inter's Argentina marksman Mauro Icardi as they look to spend some of the Luis Suarez money.

Cash isn't a problem at Anfield after Barcelona paid £75 million for Suarez and Liverpool are expected to splash out on some further reinforcements for their title challenge.

Having seen a move for Loic Remy fall through, Liverpool may be ready to move on to a new objective.

According to Sportmediaset, the current target that Liverpool are eyeing is Inter's Icardi, who would be an easier option that AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, who was also a possibility.

Icardi's position at Inter has been jeopardised by the arrival of Southampton striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and he may be ready to move on.

Liverpool would be expected to put in an offer of around £16 million to have a chance of persuading Inter to let Icardi leave.

However, it has been suggested that Inter owner Erik Thohir is very reluctant to let any of his key men depart and could refuse a transfer outright.

Sportmediaset believes that the two clubs haven't entered into talks yet but Inter are weighing up whether Icardi is dispensable.

The 21-year-old was fought over by Real Madrid and Barcelona as a youth player and chose Barca before moving on to Sampdoria.

Icardi joined Inter for the start of last season and nine goals in 22 games despite being troubled by injuries in the first half of the season.

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