Date: 30th September 2014 at 5:57pm
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Liverpool have abandoned their pursuit of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, in favour of a move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to the Daily Star.

Brendan Rodgers is thought to be chasing a top class striker to compliment Daniel Sturridge and summer signing Mario Balotelli in January, and has been linked with both forwards.

But the publication reckons Rodgers has decided Higuain is the man he wants at Anfield, and is said to be preparing a £31million bid for when the January transfer window opens.

Higuain moved to Napoli in the summer of 2013, but could be sold as Napoli find themselves in a difficult financial situation.

The Serie A side failed to qualify for the Champions League having lost their play off to Athletic Bilbao, and former Reds boss Rafael Benitez finds himself under mounting pressure.

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is said to be waiting in the wings should Benitez get the chop, meaning Liverpool would fancy their chances of landing Higuain with the current uncertainty surrounding the club.

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