Football: Liverpool bid $42.2m for Brazil's Costa

Diego Costa (left) of Spain's Atletico Madrid fights for the ball with Irvin Avila of Peru's Sporting Cristal during their Copa Euroamericana soccer match in Lima on July 31, 2013. Liverpool have submitted a £21.8million (S$42.2 million euros) bid f
Diego Costa (left) of Spain's Atletico Madrid fights for the ball with Irvin Avila of Peru's Sporting Cristal during their Copa Euroamericana soccer match in Lima on July 31, 2013. Liverpool have submitted a £21.8million (S$42.2 million euros) bid for striker Costa, the Liverpool Echo claimed on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Liverpool have submitted a £21.8million (S$42.2 million euros) bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, the Liverpool Echo claimed on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Brazilian international would be the third most expensive signing in the club's history behind Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.

Costa could even be a replacement for the controversial Suarez who has been linked all summer with a move away from Anfield in his desperate pursuit of Champions League football.

Costa scored 20 goals in 44 appearances for Atletico in all competitions last season.