Are Liverpool set to bring in a whole new strike-force in January to put their poor summer’s transfer dealings behind them?

According to the Mail Online, Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers has taken significant steps to securing deals for both Daniel Sturridge and Thomas Ince, and the former Swansea man will move early to get the club’s business done quickly in the New Year.

Chelsea man Sturridge – who has seen his first team opportunities limited, despite the stuttering form of Fernando Torres – is expected to cost Liverpool around £12million, while former Liverpool player Ince, who they sold for just £250,000 18 months ago, is likely to cost around £6million from Blackpool.

A permanent deal for Sturridge would come not long after Liverpool almost signed him in August, before the player stated he didn’t want to move on loan – but Liverpool remained interested, and they are now moving close to getting their man when the window opens in January.

Ince has enjoyed good progress while at Blackpool, whom he joined in August 2011, winning five England Under 21 caps this season.

The coming window could well be busy for Liverpool: Rodgers admitted recently that he was looking for players “who would really help take the club forward,” and the Mail link him with a move for Theo Walcott as well as both Ince and Sturridge and a left-back. They also say that Stewart Downing has been told he is free to leave if they receive the right offer.

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And as Brendan Rodgers limbers up to bring in some more attacking options, we’ve looked at 5 goal-scoring options he could bring in this January. Click next to see our picks…

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This article was first posted on December 12, 2012