Liverpool are ready to a activate a contractual loophole to sign Newcastle striker Demba Ba for a meagre £7 million.
Ba, who signed for Newcastle only last summer on a free transfer, has in his contract a clause that allows him to move for just £7 million between May 31 and July 31, after which interested clubs would have to pay full value for the Senegalese striker.
Ba, who scored 16 times for the Magpies as they finished in an impressive fifth spot last term, represents excellent value at that price, with Newcastle desperately trying to keep news of the clause from going public.
However, the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea have been notified of this arrangement, and are now ready to launch bids for the talented 27-year old.
New Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is trying to improve his striking options at Anfield, and could offer Ba a contract as early as next week.