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Are Liverpool looking to bring in more striking options this summer?

Well, according to the MailOnline, the Anfield side are looking to Italy for more options up front when the transfer window opens in the summer. They have enquired about the availability of Sampdoria’s Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi, who has also attracted interest from Tottenham and Manchester City – who’ve both had him watced – as well as Inter Milan, who the mail say he looks poised to join.

The in-form 19-year-old striker, who signed for Sampdoria from Barcelona initially on loan, scored the third goal in his side’s 3-1 win against Roma at the weekend. He cost the Italians as little as €400,000 back in July 2011 (according to after he had score 13 goals in 19 games while on loan from his Catalan feeder club, and Sampdoria took up the option to buy him permanently.

Recent stand-out performances include his two-goal return in Sampdoria’s shock defeat of champions Juventus at the Juventus Stadium, and his four goals against Pescara that lifted his team out of the relegation zone.

The Mail say he looks likely to move on in the summer, and that he was the subject of a “sizeable bid” from fellow Italian side Napoli during the winter transfer window, which obviously didn’t go through. Meanwhile Italian giants Inter are said to be leading the race to sign him in the summer, though he has attracted praise from Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who saw Icardi score against Roma:

“He scored a great goal and moved very well and I must say I liked him.”

But could Liverpool steal a march on Icardi’s fellow suitors and bring the Argentinian U20 international to Anfield? And would he be the kind of signing who would do well at Anfield? Share your thoughts below.

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This article was first posted on February 14, 2013