Money bags Zenit St Petersburg are ready to enter the race for Liverpool target Fernando Amorebieta.
The Athletic Bilbao defender has been on the Reds' radar for some time now but they were priced out of a move for him when they were told they had to meet his £26m release clause.
But he is now available for much less with his contract set to expire in 2014 - and renewal talks not going smoothly.
The 27-year-old is also wanted by Roma, who reckon they can snatch Amorebieta for around £8m in January.
But now Zenit, who splashed out £64m to land Hulk and Axel Witsel in the summer, are also lining up a move for the classy central defender.
According to reports in Russia, they have already made contact with Bilbao about a New Year switch and have been encouraged by the talks.