Liverpool started talks to sign 23-year-old Inter winger

Liverpool are said to have opened talks with Inter Milan in a bid to sign prolific attacker Keita Balde in January transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

Premier League giants are in need of more options at the wing and Keita Balde has been favoured as the best option with the English club confident that a deal could be struck.

Having had a great experience with Sadio Mane who joined from Southampton, the Reds are optimistic that a deal for the pacey winger who is also from Africa will fall through.

Serie A forward moved to the Italian side from AS Monaco and has since established himself in the club as one of the finest players for the Nerazzurri.

With just five games under his belt this campaign, Keita Balde has netted three goals in addition to two assists to complete the number.

Italian giants key man is expected to cost more than the £30 million release clause he has inserted in the contract as has given a display that worth more than the value.

However, it is understood that Jurgen Klopp is unfazed by the price as he is willing to have a deal struck as soon as possible so that he can stand a better chance of winning a title this season.