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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Negotiating Deal for Young Paraguayan Striker

Liverpool's search for a striker has taken them to Paraguay, where they're reportedly in negotiations for Cerro Porteño's 16-year-old Sergio Díaz.

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With the club in desperate need of goalscoring talent, most would have expected that Liverpool would pursue a striker in the January window. Daniel Sturridge's return to the first team is imminent, possibly as early as Tuesday's trip to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the League Cup semifinal, but with his fitness a major question mark and Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini, and Rickie Lambert not first-choice, there's a hope that efforts to bring in another forward are in the works.

If reports from Fox Sports Latin America journalist Christian Martin are to be believed, Liverpool are doing just that, negotiating a deal to bring 16-year-old Cerro Porteño and Paraguay U20 striker Sergio Díaz to Merseyside:

His name has been making the rounds over the last few weeks, with each of Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool linked at some point. Currently on U20 duty with Paraguay at the South American Championships, where he's scored once in a 4-2 win over Bolivia, he's apparently emerged as one of the more promising prospects at the tournament, with noted South American journalist Tim Vickery picking him out after his first (and only) goal last week in Uruguay.

Beyond that there's little information to provide, as this is not a name many would have connected to the club prior to January, and certainly not one that would have been easy to follow even if he had. It would be a significant outlay for a player of his age no matter how promising, and one that no doubt engender strong opinions given that it would essentially rule out a move for another striker in the current window.

Interest and a lone tweet don't necessarily mean that those opinions are needed at the present time, however, and if nothing else it's a chance to review the accomplishments of an impressive young talent that has been dubbed the next Messi/Suarez/Tevez/Aguero:

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