Ajax expect Liverpool to make an offer for their highly regarded forward Christian Eriksen in the January window.
The Denmark international, 20, has been extensively scouted by a number of Premier League clubs, but Liverpool have been his most enthusiastic suitors.
Eriksen, exceptional in Ajax's midweek Champions League defeat of Manchester City, has less than two years remaining on his contract with the Dutch champions, whose business model revolves around nurturing exceptional talents before selling them on to more monied clubs at a profit.
While they would prefer to retain Eriksen for the remainder of the season, he will be sold if a bidder meets the €30 million (Dh135m) asking price.
Having left themselves short on attackers by loaning Andy Carroll to West Ham United without signing a replacement, Liverpool have prioritised the purchase of a forward in the January window. They are looking for players capable of playing centrally or on the wings, but insist they will not overspend to secure individuals who should be available for more reasonable fees in the summer.
Eriksen has been a full international since 2010, was the youngest player at that year's World Cup, and has scored 15 times in 84 league appearances during his four seasons at Ajax. According to a source close to the player, he will be careful in the choice of his next club.
Liverpool have also inquired about the availability of France international Loic Remy, who Marseille will consider parting with in January. The versatile forward was close to joining Chelsea on August's deadline day and remains a player Roberto Di Matteo would like to work with.
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