Liverpool have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Moses Simon with a cash-plus-player proposition.
The Gent winger has been been subject to strong interest from the Reds in recent months, with both clubs believed to be in the process of negotiating a deal.
Simon has been identified as an ideal fit to Jurgen Klopp’s system and approach on Merseyside, offering the injection of pace and directness believed to be capable of bolstering the German’s strength in depth.
Liverpool are in advanced talks and expected to offer Taiwo Awoniyi on loan as part of a deal for Simon, according to Owngoalnigeria.com.
Awoniyi scored 11 goals in the Jupiler League last season in an impressive temporary stint with Royal Mouscron, subsequently attracting the interest of Belgium clubs Anderlecht and Club Brugge.
Another loan move was always on the cards in 2018/2019, with the 20-year-old still aiming to secure a UK work permit.
Moses is available for a fee in the region of €13m after registering five goals and two assists in 20 Jupiler League appearances last term.
Liverpool’s need for reinforcements in wider areas makes their interest in the Nigerian self-explanatory, although it is unlikely he would challenge for a starting spot.
Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri also continues to be linked with an Anfield switch for a similar purpose, posing as a more proven and immediate alternative for Klopp to utilise.
The Swiss international has a release clause of £12million and is likely to see his future decided after he returns home from the World Cup in Russia.