Liverpool chasing French hitman

Liverpool have set their sights on Montpellier striker Oliver Giround acceding to the Daily Mail as Kenny Dalglish continues to draw up a list of transfer targets.

Dalglish is gearing up for another summer of spending at Anfield as he strives to build a squad capable of challenging in the Premier League next season and is keen to secure a new right-sided midfielder and  central defender. However his main priority lies in bolstering his striking options after seeing record Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt struggle to provide the goals necessary to lift the Reds into Champions League contention.

Luis Suarez has shoulder the goalscoring burden for much of the current campaign and the 61-year-old wants another forward to share the responsibility earmarking Giround as the man to ease the pressure the Uruguayans shudders.

Dalglish and assistant manager Steve Clarke were in attendance for the Ligue 1 leaders’ 1-0 victory at Toulouse last Friday in which the 25-year-old missed a penalty and struggled to impress.

The France international is valued at around £50 million although there are rumours that a £13.5 million release clause exists in his contract. Montpellier would loathe to lose him after a prolific season that has seen him score 20 times and put his side on the cusp of winning their first ever top-flight championship.

Whether he’d be willing to swap the South of France for the red half of Merseyside is unclear. Giround is understood to be anxious to play in the Champions League and staying at his current club would aid him in fulfilling that goal with Liverpool only competing in the Europa League.

Should he choose to leave Montpellier Giround won’t be short of suitors. Dalglish will have to fend off interest from a host of other clubs after Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi and Bayern Munich’s general manager Christian Nerlinger were spotted in the stands during the Tolouse game.