Liverpool hold talks with Jackson Martinez

Liverpool in for 8.5m Colombian international striker Martinez

Liverpool have held talks with the representatives of Jaguares striker Jackson Martinez.

The Colombia international, 25, has also attracted strong interest from Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal but his club have raised the price since negotiations were opened in September.

He was originally available for a bargain 5.5million but Jaguares now want 8.5million.

Talks: Liverpool are interested in signing Jackson Martinez

Talks: Liverpool are interested in signing Jackson Martinez

Liverpool are desperate to add to their attacking options with Luis Suarez currently serving an eight-match ban and 35m Andy Carroll struggling for form.

The club have expressed an interest in Aston Villa and England frontman Darren Bent but it is unlikely that Villa will want to sell.

Martinez has a decent return of five goals in 10 appearances for his country and has scored nearly a goal every other game for Jaguares.

Liverpool will have to move quickly if they want to secure a deal as Porto are reportedly close to agreeing a fee.