Liverpool have entered the scramble to sign Newcastle's Cheick Tiote in the January transfer window.
Tiote became an instant hit at St James' Park following his £3.5m move from FC Twente in August 2010.
And the Ivory Coast international - valued at £25million - is wanted by Reds boss Kenny Dalglish to inject some momentum in the Anfield club's season.
Dalglish will face stiff competition however from title-chasers Chelsea, and Manchester United, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The news comes after Tiote went to seek help from a witch doctor in a bid to regain full fitness.
Tiote was given permission by club owner Mike Ashley to fly back to his homeland to seek help to sure his persistent injury.
The 25-year-old has fluid on his right knee which is causing pain and restricting his movement when twisting and turning.
His appearance in the 0-0 draw with Swansea was his first game for the club since they beat Wigan 1-0 in October.