Jackson Martinez
Porto's Jackson Martinez celebrates a goal during their Champions League Group H soccer match against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames stadium in Bilbao November 5, 2014.Reuters

Liverpool are reportedly confident of securing the signature of Jackson Martinez in January, despite the Porto striker being pursued by a lot of clubs.

The Reds have been quite poor in front of goal this season, with new strikers Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert failing to make an impact following Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona this summer.

Although they still have Daniel Sturridge, who netted 20 times in the Premier League last season, to provide them with regular goals, the former Chelsea striker's fitness has been a major cause for concern, with him regularly getting sidelined with various injuries.

Due to these reasons, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to sign a new striker in January. And, according to the Express, Liverpool are certain of landing Porto's £30 million-rated striker Martinez in the winter transfer window.

The 28-year-old, who completed an €8.8 million (£7 million) switch from Mexican side Chiapas in the summer of 2012, has been in excellent form at Porto, scoring 51 goals in league 64 appearances so far.

The Colombia international, who has already scored 7 goals in 10 league appearances for Porto this season, had earlier hinted at making a move to a bigger club at the end of the season.

"At the end of this season I hope to get some interesting proposals," Martinez had said, according to the Express.

But Liverpool are reportedly looking to secure the striker's signature in the January transfer window itself.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will face a lot of competition for the signature of Andre-Pierre Gignac following reports of Russian side Dynamo Moscow joining the race to land the Marseille striker.

Liverpool, along with Arsenal, were earlier thought to be the only clubs interested in the 28-year-old striker, who is out of contract after the end of this season.

But his excellent form in front of goal this season (10 goals in 13 Ligue 1 appearances) has reportedly attracted the attention of a lot of clubs.

And now, according to TalkSport, Dynamo Moscow have also joined the race to sign him.

Although Dynamo Moscow are not a big team in comparison to Arsenal or Liverpool, it is believed that they have a slight advantage over the two Premier League clubs as Gignac is believed to be interested in teaming up with his former Marseille teammate Mathieu Valbuena, who competed a £6 million swtich to the Arena Khimki this summer.