Mauro Icardi
Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring against Lazio in the Italian Serie AReuters

Liverpool have reportedly joined the race to sign Manchester City and Chelsea target Mauro Icardi, despite Inter Milan demanding in excess of £28m for the forward.

Despite having completed the signing of seven players - Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren (all from Southampton), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Lazar Markovic (Benfica) Divock Origi (Lille) and Javier Manquillo (on loan from Atletico Madrid) - this summer, the Reds are still hunting for a new talismanic forward to fill the void left by Luis Suarez.

Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy, who was impressive for Newcastle United on loan last season, was on the verge of joining the Merseyside club last month after both sides agreed on a deal. But the transfer was cancelled at the last moment after the player reportedly failed his medical.

Recent reports have indicated that Liverpool are lining up an £18 million move for PSG star Ezequiel Lavezzi but his addition might not solve the Reds' problems as he is a wide forward not a striker.

And Liverpool, who currently have Fabio Borini, Daniel Sturridge and Lambert leading their attack, have now decided to make a move for Inter's promising 21-year-old, who was earlier being linked to the Reds' Premier League rivals Chelsea and City.

According to the Express, Liverpool are reportedly lining up a £16m bid for the Argentine, even though Inter are demanding much more than that.

Icardi was bought by the Nerazzurri in 2012, after he had completed a successful season at Sampdoria, netting 11 goals in 33 Serie A games.

And the youngster managed to attract a lot of attention from other clubs due to his excellent energy and commitment in the field for Inter.

Meanwhile, Liverpool wantaway defender Daniel Agger has requested Brendan Rodgers to grant him permission to leave Anfield this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 29-year-old, who has been tipped to return to former club Brondby, reportedly fears his career might come to an unceremonious end, if he remains as a fringe player at Anfield.

And Agger, who only made 23 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool last season, urged Rodgers to let him leave the club during the Reds' preseason tour of the US.

Arsenal are reportedly targeting Agger as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen.