Liverpool have lined up Real Sociedad wonderkid Antoine Griezmann as their big name signing once the January transfer window opens, according to the Daily Mail.
New director of football strategy Damien Comolli previously tried to sign the 19-year-old for former club Saint Etienne and is a big admirer of the winger.
The Frenchman has also recently revealed new Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures are willing to finance the signing of a ‘world-class player’ in the forthcoming transfer window.
Arsenal and Manchester United were both linked to the youngster last season and Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson are reportedly keeping him on their radar but Liverpool want to get a jump on the queue.
The French born midfielder only signed his first ever professional contract in April 2010, which will keep him with the Spanish club until 2015.
And, despite having a 30 million euro (£25 million) release clause, Comolli will be hoping he can bring Griezmann to Anfield for just £7 million.
Amid all the speculation on reported players Liverpool are scouting, including Yann M’Vila and Dimitri Payet, Comolli has admitted the club do have a shortlist: “We have identified targets,” he said.
“If there's a possibility of us getting a world-class player, we will have the backing. John (Henry) and Tom (Werner) want to win - and you win with top players.”
With Liverpool reportedly keen to sign Griezmann in January, Arsenal and Manchester United could rule themselves out of the running.
Fergie has already admitted he will not be bringing any new faces to Old Trafford this season while Arsenal are lining up a bid for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.
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