Premiership heavyweight Liverpool are set to make a move for Real Madrid’s Royston Drenthe, who is currently serving his loan period with Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton, when the transfer window opens in the summer, say the latest reports.

Drenthe, 25, will be out of contract with Real Madrid in the summer and Everton, according to the Sun, will not be able to afford his $127,415.83-a-week wage ((£80,000), which can prove to be a great prospect for Liverpool in signing the Dutchman to further strengthen the team before the 2012-2013 season begins.

The Dutchman has had a remarkable first season in England with Everton. He has made 27 appearances for David Moyes’ side thus far, where he has made seven assists and has even managed to score four times. The player’s ability to use the width of the pitch has made Liverpool look at him as a good replacement for the ageing Craig Bellamy.

The move, if successful, is bound to create controversies as very few people are sure as to how the player’s reception will be at the Anfield, having played a season with the Toffees, and although the move carries minimal risk, the move may or may not go down well with fans in both camps.

Drenthe, who is regarded as one of the fastest football players on the planet, moved to Real Madrid from Dutch Eredivisie club Feyenoord in 2007, alongside his Dutch compatriot Wesley Sneijer. The player has made 61 appearances for Real so far.