Real Madrid are reported to be keen on signing Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard when the transfer window opens in January.

to launch a January bid for Steven Gerrard after president Florentino Perez admitted he was a player whom he admired.

The Spanish giants lost out on their number one transfer target in the summer when Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira rejected their overtures in favour of remaining at Highbury.

Gerrard has begun the season in impressive fashion, scoring five goals to date. His performances have not gone unnoticed in the Spanish capital.

”Steven Gerrard is a player I really like, he is the type of player who would suit the famous shirt of Real Madrid,” Real Madrid Florentino Perez told the Sunday Mirror.

The Anfield midfielder was poised to join Chelsea in the pre-season but a late change of heart resulted in him statying at Liverpool.

Madrid have already signed up three of Sven Goran Eriksson’s England set-up, with Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Owen having joined David Beckham in the capital.