While Liverpool remain in negotiations with Shakhtar Donetsk over the future of promising attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira, the 26-year-old Brazilian is keen for a move, according to the reliable Melissa Reddy. While playing for the Ukrainian league leaders, he has yet to earn a call up to the Brazil National Team, and Teixeira believes that a move to Liverpool will increase his chances. He would be joining an ever-growing list of Brazilian internationals at Anfield, including Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
The player's camp seem "positive" that an agreement can be struck by the end of the transfer window. Talks have been ongoing, with Ian Ayre traveling to Florida to meet with representatives for Shakhtar Donetsk before returning to Merseyside empty-handed. The problem, as ever, comes from the different valuations of the player between the two clubs.
Liverpool reportedly tabled a £24.5m bid, but now Shaktar boss Mircea Lucescu has come out to saying that Teixeira is worth over £30m instead. Liverpool have a disappointing recent history dealing with Ukrainian clubs, getting rebuffed in their attempts at procuring both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Yevhen Konoplyanka over the last couple of years.
Fans hoping that double the Teixeira will mean double the fun at Liverpool will be crossing their fingers that Ayre finds a way to land his man this time.
With Liverpool short on effective attacking options, Teixeira would be a welcome choice for Klopp to have available to him. Considering the team is still fighting on all four fronts, and considering Sturridge's ongoing fitness problems, another capable player on hand to slot into the starting line up may do the team a world of good.
However, if past experiences are anything to go by, it isn't wouldn't do to get too excited about a new prospect until it's clear that the transfer committee can close the deal. With less than two weeks left in the January window, we won't have long to wait to see how this pans out. That is, of course, unless this saga stretches out into the summer window, in which case, the fun is just beginning.