Liverpool may be relying on a Sunderland outcast to help them through their striker crisis at the club, as the Reds seek to bring in Divock Origi ahead of schedule.
The Reds splashed out £10 million on Origi in the summer, but part of the deal meant he had to stay on loan at Lille for a season.
But the Daily Mail is reporting that Lille may target Jozy Altidore to bolster their attacking options in the January window with the 25-year-old not getting the desired first team football at the Stadium of Light. But his record in the North East hasn't been great, as he has only found the net on three occasions from 47 appearances ever since his £7 million arrival from AZ Alkmaar.
This season, Altidore has found the net on one occasion from eight appearances in all competitions but appears to be unfancied by manager Gus Poyet.
As Liverpool look to bolster their attacking options with a young striker they already own, willingness for Sunderland to part with Altidore may smoothen things for the Reds as they look to bring in Origi earlier than initially anticipated.
With the news that Daniel Sturridge is to miss another six weeks because of a fresh thigh injury - taking the total amount of games missed by the 25-year-old this season to 25, coupled with his grim looking injury record at the club, another striker at his disposal is a must for Brendan Rodgers from January onwards.
Liverpool could have to pay up to £5 million more to bring the player to the club half a season earlier, but there will be the question of what happens with current Reds' striker Fabio Borini. The Italian had a decent loan spell last season at the Stadium of Light, and a bid was accepted for him to make that move permanent. However, he declined the move and stayed at Anfield.
Now with injuries striking, and with him starting a couple of games of late - notably against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu, the Reds may be reluctant to letting him go at this moment in time, meaning they could be after another striker before they part with Brendan Rodgers' first Liverpool signing.