Liverpool are in advanced talks with Bournemouth over a deal to sign Ryan Fraser in January, talkSPORT understands.
Fraser, the winger, has failed to live up to his usual heights this season with only one goal and two assists recorded in 11 appearances.
He has previously been linked with England’s biggest clubs, and a transfer tussle was expected next summer when his contract at the Vitality Stadium expires.
However, talkSPORT understands Liverpool are now at the front of the queue to sign the Scotland international when the transfer window reopens, with Bournemouth keen to cash in on the 25-year-old in the new year rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season.
talkSPORT’s south coast correspondent Alex Crook broke the news of Liverpool’s interest in Fraser live on Drivetime, revealing: “My understanding is Jurgen Klopp is lining up a surprise move for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.
“He is out of contract next summer and that means effectively Bournemouth will have to sell him in January.
“He has got more assists than any player in the Premier League since the start of last season. You have to caveat that and say he has not been in great form this season. He has been in and out of the Bournemouth team and when he has played he has not been as effective, as productive as in previous campaigns. You just wonder how much of that is down to the contract situation.
“My understanding is that relations between Fraser and Eddie Howe are perhaps not as strong as they once were, which is understandable when you have a player who wants away.
“You can understand why Bournemouth have tried to hold on to him but I think now a move in January would suit all parties.
“He would be a great signing for Liverpool. He is not going to get in that front three ahead of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, but what an option off the bench.
“If you had sold him last summer you might have been talking about the £20-25million mark but now with his contract running out you might talking around the £10-15m mark.”
Ryan Fraser's career in numbers
Previous clubs: Aberdeen 2010-2013, Ipswich Town (loan) 2015-16
Club appearances: 215
Club goals: 28
Scotland appearances: 11
Scotland goals: 1
As part of any deal for Fraser, the Cherries could look to make Harry Wilson’s loan move permanent, believes Crook.
Wilson, the 22-year-old winger, has scored four times since joining Bournemouth on loan earlier this year, following the 18 goals he netted while with Derby last season.
Liverpool, who are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table following their defeat of Manchester City, were restrained throughout the summer transfer window as manager Jurgen Klopp decided against largely altering his squad.
Youngsters Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliot were brought in to join Liverpool’s youth squads, while Adrian and Andy Lonergan, the goalkeepers, have provided cover since their arrivals at Anfield.
Klopp’s decision to keep faith in his existing squad has paid off, with Liverpool winning 11 of 12 league games so far this season. They’ve also progressed to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals and currently sit top of their Champions League group after four matches.
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