Liverpool target Alex Teixeira has told his club Shakhtar Donetsk that he'd like to leave the club for the Premier League.
The Reds made a £24.6m bid for the 26-year-old last week and it's understood that they are ready to improve that offer but may face late competition from Chelsea.
Teixeira is currently with Shakhtar at their training camp in Florida and told Brazilian newspaper Globo: “I would like to move in this transfer window and have told them (Shakhtar) that. They have received a very good offer and they are working on a solution. But if I don’t go now then I will leave in the summer.
“After six years in Europe and with Shakhtar we are ready to move and I have spoken to my wife and daughter.
"It is my desire to move to a big league and I know that the English league is very strong. I am ready and I know that I will grow up a lot there. I am aware that two big clubs such as Liverpool and Chelsea are interested but I haven’t given my word to either of them.
“I am not ruling out other leagues but I do want to play in the Premier League. In my mind, it is the strongest in the world. I want a challenge and to further my career there. My aim is to move to a big club so that I can well there and get a place in the Brazil squad. Everyone knows that it is hard to achieve and I need to leave here to achieve that goal.”
The forward has scored 22 goals for Shakhtar in 15 league games so far this season and the Ukrainian club value the 26-year-old at £38m.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was delighted that his side got the three points from their 5-4 win over Norwich but admits it's 'crazy' that they keep conceding from set pieces.
The Reds conceded two goals directly from a corner and a free-kick against Norwich and Klopp admits it's a problem that needs rectifying.
Klopp said: "Unbelievable game. It was not easy today. I think we had a lot of problems in the game. I don't know what it was but it wasn't enough at the start of the game against a team searching for confidence.
"But we played football, we made it 1-0, we should have made it 2-0. But set-play, set-play, set-play and they got more confidence.
"Second half we came back with brilliant goals and at the end when I saw five minutes (stoppage-time) I thought...I couldn't understand why.
"I don't understand this and I asked but it was not positive. But these two goals, we were a deserved winner. Four goals from set-plays, that must be a new record, I think you have to make a new list for British football. I think it is crazy what we are doing."
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