As per The Sun, Liverpool could miss out on the signing of Gremio forward Luan with Newcastle ready to pull out all the stops to pip them in the race.
The Magpies have been told the 24-year-old can be theirs if they meet his £17.5million release clause before the January transfer window shuts.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has revealed his willingness to break the £16million club transfer record spent on Michael Owen 12 years ago this winter, and Luan fits the bill given his swift ascendancy to the top of South American football.
The Reds aren’t too particularly keen on adding another attacker, with manager Jurgen Klopp interested in giving Dominic Solanke and Ben Woodburn lots of chances.
In sharp contrast, a top forward like the Brazil international could be the difference between relegation and staying up for Newcastle.
Luan helped Gremio to the Copa Americana prize with 8 goals in 12 appearances last year, and Brazil to their first ever Olympic gold 2 years ago.
The new “Ronaldinho” can play as a striker or behind one in an attacking midfield role, and his ability to create chances and covert them could be lifesaving for the Toons.