Liverpool are being linked with a shock loan move for ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
The 34-year-old Ivory Coast international left Stamford Bridge for China in the summer, joining Shanghai Shenhua on a free transfer after lifting the Champions League trophy under Roberto Di Matteo.
However, The Sunday People claims Drogba could make a quick return to the Premier League, joining Liverpool on loan when the Chinese season comes to an end next week.
The paper claims that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will make an ‘extraordinary SOS call’ to bring the player to Anfield on a two-month deal, with Drogba looking to maintain his fitness ahead of the African Cup of Nation, which begins in January.
Rodgers already has a relationship with Drogba from his time on the Chelsea coaching staff, and the striker’s parent club are reportedly willing to agree the deal providing Drogba returns for the start of the new season.
Liverpool are desperately short of options in attack, with Uruguayan hitman Luis Suarez the only fit senior forward currently on the club’s books.
A move to Merseyside could jeopardise Drogba’s position as a Chelsea legend however, especially if he played for the Reds in the clash against the Blues in west London on November 11th.
There is still plenty of work to be done before the veteran pulls on a Liverpool shirt however, and if Drogba really is available, then there is little to stop other European clubs from attempting to broker a deal.