Liverpool have confirmed they want West Ham star Yossi Benayoun and could be ready to offer Craig Bellamy in part-exchange.
The Reds were linked with a cut-price swoop for Israeli international Benayoun yesterday - a story that was later confirmed by their chief executive Rick Parry although he insisted talk of a £1million deal was wide of the mark.
The Hammers were said to be 'insulted' at what they viewed as an insufficient bid for one of their most talented players, who is now stalling on a new deal at Upton Park following news of the Reds' interest.
Parry said: "I can confirm we have made an approach for Yossi Benayoun, but the figures quoted are completely wrong. Other than that we don't want to say any more."
It is thought a deal in the region of £3million may be enough to land the attacking midfielder although a cash-plus-player deal involving Bellamy is also a distinct possibility.
The Welshman is among the strikers Alan Curbishley is now tracking, after Darren Bent snubbed a move to Upton Park, and he will be allowed to leave Anfield this summer.