Report: Liverpool looking to secure cut-price January deal for Gelson Martins

Sporting's forward Gelson Martins (R) celebrates a goal with Sporting's Dutch forward Bas Dost during the Portuguese league football match SL Benfica vs Sporting CP at the Luz stadium in...

The Sporting Lisbon ace is a reported transfer target for Liverpool.

Sporting's forward Gelson Martins (L) vies with Benfica's Serbian midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa (R) during the Portuguese league football match Sporting CP vs SL Benfica at the Jose Alvalade...

A report emanating from Portugal today claims that the Reds are lining up a January swoop for Sporting Lisbon ace Gelson Martins, according to Portuguese media outlet Correio de Manha.

Liverpool have cash to burn, following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, and Jürgen Klopp will be desperate to add some real quality to his ranks, in an attempt to soften the blow of the Brazilian's exit from Anfield.

The 22-year-old Sporting man is an attacking midfielder by trade, and predominantly operates down the right hand flank, although his stats this year aren't quite as impressive as Coutinho's.

Sporting's midfielder Gelson Martins (L) vies with Barcelona's defender Jordi Alba during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match Sporting CP vs FC Barcelona at the Jose Alvalade...

He has chipped in with five goals and three assists in 17 league outings for his club this term.

Correio de Manha claim that Klopp wants to bring the talented Portuguese ace to Anfield this month, but is unwilling to match his £53 million release clause.

Liverpool are instead looking to sign him for around half that amount, according to the Portuguese publication, but Sporting still hold all of the cards, with the player under contract in Lisbon until the summer of 2022.

Portugal forward Gelson Martins during the match between Portugal and Saudi Arabia InternationalFriendly at Estadio do Fontelo, on November 10, 2017 in Viseu, Portugal.

Correio de Manha also go on to claim that Liverpool are prepared to offer Martins a contract worth £4.4 million per year - five times what he currently earns at Sporting.

Whether the Portuguese club will be willing to sell one of their prized assets, however, remains to be seen.

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