By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool are preparing a second bid for Shakhtar Dontesk playmaker Alex Teixeira, Football Insider sources understand.
The Merseysiders are ready to make an offer for £29million for the Brazilian after their opening offer of £24.6million was rejected by the Ukraine club.
Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group have sanctioned a fresh move for Teixeira after a Liverpool delegation led by chief executive Ian Ayre returned from a meeting in Florida about signing the star in the January window.
Shakhtar are holding out for a fee closer to £40million but there is a feeling among Liverpool officials that their new bid will be enough to strike a deal.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that there is confidence among the parties involved that a deal can be struck “within days”.
Ayre and senior Liverpool officials met with counterparts from Dontesk at the Ukranian club’s winter training camp in the USA.
Manager Jurgen Klopp wants attacking reinforcements after losing three of the team’s four senior strikers to injury for most of his reign and due to the ongoing difficulties experienced by Christian Benteke.
Teixeira is an attacking midfielder who can play in all three positions behind the centre-forward and is renowned for his eye for goal.
He has scored a staggering 22 goals in 15 league matches this season, and has struck 26 times in 26 appearances in all competitions for the Ukranian club.
Teixeira is not yet a full Brazil international but he has scored three goals in seven games for the country’s Under-20s.
Teixeira joined Shakhtar Donetsk from Vasco Da Gama in 2010 -and has been persistently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
As revealed by Football Insider, Chelsea have have been in contact with Teixeira’s representatives and have offered a contract to the prolific attacking midfielder.
But the Londoners have been unable to agree terms with the Brazilian sensation and have turned their attention to landing his countryman Alexandre Pato.