Report: Liverpool set to splash $50 million on Colombian striker

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With their goalscoring issues worsening, Liverpool are set to splash the cash on a new striker. 

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According to multiple reports in the UK, the Reds are set to make a $50 million bid for FC Porto forward Jackson Martinez. 

The Colombian international, 28, has scored 72 goals in 106 games for Porto and his strikes have led the Portuguese outfit into the last 16 of this campaigns UEFA Champions League. 

‘Jackson’ is also being courted by Arsenal, Valencia and AC Milan, according to the Daily Express, as the pacey striker is a man in demand.

This season he has scored 11 goals in 13 games, including four goals in Porto’s four UCL games thus far. With Mario Balotelli failing to find the back of the net in the Premier League, and Liverpool scoring just 13 times so far in the PL overall, Brendan Rodgers could be forced to admit defeat and bring in Jackson in January for a massive fee as the Anfield club seek a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.

Having spent three seasons at Porto, the South American striker is said to fancy a move away from the Estadio do Dragao. Having seen fellow Colombian forwards Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez get move to Manchester United and Real Madrid respectively over the summer, Jackson is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League.

After scoring two goals in five games for Colombia at the World Cup, Jackson has shown his talent at the elite level and will be itching to move to one of Europe’s top leagues to win silverware. He has a huge upside in that he can play out wide or as the lone front man and he seems to be ready built for the PL with pace and power a key component of his.

Is Jackson the answer to Liverpool’s issues up front?