Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is ready to break the bank to sign Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente.

Llorente has emerged this season as Spain's prime striker ahead of Fernando Torres and Barcelona's David Villa.

Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked with Llorente in recent weeks.

However, Radio Cadena Ser says Hodgson, armed with cash from new club owners NESV, is willing to meet Llorente's €36 million buyout clause to bring the striker to Merseyside in January.

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