Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Launch Bid to Snatch Alvaro Morata from Arsenal

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2014

XATIVA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 07:  Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid looks on during the Copa del Rey, Round of 32 match between Olimpic de Xativa and Real Madrid at Estadio La Murta on December 07, 2013 in Xativa, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are reportedly aiming to hijack Arsenal's chances of acquiring Alvaro Morata during the January transfer window, according to the Spanish press.

The Real Madrid youngster is said to be interesting both Premier League clubs, but Brendan Rodgers' side may capture his services by offering the 21-year-old a loan deal, according to Marca via James Dickenson of the Express:

Arsenal were thought to be the frontrunners to land Morata in January, following injuries to Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner.

However, Liverpool are looking to trump their title rivals with Brendan Rodgers making a loan offer for the 21-year-old, according to Spanish sports paper Marca.

The Spanish newspaper also claims "Madrid are in no rush to negotiate" a move that would give the talented forward a chance to aid one of the Premier League title challengers.

Morata has fallen victim of Madrid's insistence on spending big. He has started just one game and made 11 substitute appearances across La Liga and the Champions League this campaign, scoring two goals, per WhoScored.

With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema leading Los Blancos' attack, Morata is unlikely to force his way into the starting lineup any time soon.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 21:   Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid (c) controls the ball from Steve Cook of AFC Bournemouth during a pre season friendly match between AFC Bournemouth and Real Madrid at Goldsands Stadium on July 21, 2013 in Bournemouth, Englan
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His distant hopes of making Vicente Del Bosque's Spanish squad for this year's World Cup are crumbling, which suggests he needs a smart move to reignite his hopes of heading to Brazil.

Morata recently claimed the Golden Boot award after scoring four goals during Spain's triumph at the Under-21 European Championships, per Sam Adams of

He is more than capable of making an impact at Arsenal or Liverpool and is the type of player who could quickly become a fan favourite at either stadium.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal and Brendan Rodgers the manager of Liverpool look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and  Arsenal at Anfield on September 2, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (
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The classy player possesses a fine first touch, smart passing skills and the willingness to work hard for his teammates. He could lessen Olivier Giroud's workload at the Emirates and soften the blow of losing Theo Walcott, while Rodgers' willingness to utilise talented youth could also see his stock rise at Anfield.

As reported by ESPN, Arsene Wenger may only see Morata as a short-term option in light of mounting injuries at the North London club:

A potential move to either side appears viable right now. Morata has plenty to offer and needs to be playing regular football if he is to continue developing.

A proven goalscorer across multiple levels of the game, he would give either Arsenal or Liverpool an important edge in the battle for Premier League supremacy, although the greater playing opportunities would likely come in North London.