Liverpool could be set to make a shock move for Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.
The 37-year-old Italian had been expected to confirm a switch Sydney FC later this week, but the Reds have asked him not to sign on the dotted line as they prepare to make him an offer to move to the Premier League.
Manager Brendan Rodgers needs attacking reinforcements after Andy Carroll moved to West Ham on loan. He was keen on Clint Dempsey, who eventually left Fulham for Spurs, and Daniel Strurridge, and was also linked with a move for free agent Michael Owen.
And a source close to Del Piero has told talkSPORT the Reds are keen to speak to the veteran striker.
"Del Piero originally ruled out a move to the Premier League as only Southampton were interested and he didn’t want to jump from Juventus to the Saints," he said.
"Then Sydney FC came in and started discussing a deal with him as Del Piero wanted a new challenge outside of top-level football.
"At the last minute Liverpool came in and said 'don’t sign a deal yet as we are interested'.
"The situation currently is that he will not sign for Sydney FC whilst he is waiting on an offer from Liverpool."