Arsenal are supposedly winning the race to sign Israeli sensation Omri Altman.

The 17-year-old - who has been compared to Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard - initially had a trial with Liverpool after Roy Hodgson allowed his scouts to monitor the starlet in Israel.

According to reports, Hodgson's spies highlighted the youngster's attributes in a report compiled for the Liverpool boss, who was sufficiently impressed to ask Altman to come to Anfield.

Altman is an attack-minded midfielder who represents Israel under 17s and has an eye for goal; which he demonstrated by scoring a hat-trick for Maccabi Tel Aviv B two weeks ago.

His swashbuckling displays have seen several observers compare his talents to those of the Liverpool captain at the same age - something Altman confirmed when he was asked about the comparison.

He told a local Tel Aviv newspaper: "People tell me I play like Steven Gerrard with my ability to win the ball and score from long range shots."

A deal for Altman would represent a coup for new Liverpool owners NESV who want the Reds to be competing with the top clubs in Europe once again.

Hodgson commented recently that it is the vision of himself and John W. Henry that Liverpool will be competing for players with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona - and Altman would certainly fall into that bracket.

The Liverpool manager said: "We want to be attracting the players that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter are chasing. It would be nice to think that we can shop at a high level."

However - after the Daily Mail had originally reported that Arsenal were chasing Altman - tribalfootball suggests that the Gunners have emerged as the favourites for his signature.

Altman would fit with the ethos of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger regarding the development of young talents - something the Gunners have an nigh on impeccable track record of.

But, whether Altman will move to the Emirates or Anfield remains to be seen - although it is sure to be a fascinating battle between two of the Premier League's leading lights.

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