Liverpool have been joined by another Premier League club in the race to sign midfielder Josip Iličić.
The Palermo starlet has earned rave reviews during his debut season in Serie 'A', leading to speculation that Premier League clubs would be keen to bring the player to England. Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is thought to be one of the interested parties.
However, player representative Amir Ruznic told totalsport.it that it's another English club that has made the first move for the former Bonifika midfielder.
"The interest of Liverpool? I can confirm that I was contacted by a major English club that is not Liverpool," he said.
"A transfer in the next market is impossible: the boy cannot move in January because in this season he has already played for two different clubs. He is happy at Palermo and has the faith of the coach and the president, while the fans love him as well."
Iličić joined the Rosanero in the summer from Slovenian outfit Maribor, and so would be unable to transfer to Liverpool or any other club in January due to FIFA regulations.
The Reds could wait until the summer to make their move though, with new owners NESV pledging to back the Liverpool boss long-term as he looks to strengthen his Anfield outfit.
News of competition for the player's signature will come as no surprise to the Merseysiders after Iličić's fantastic start to the season with Palermo, scoring six goals in 13 games to put Liverpool on alert in the first place.
A full international for Slovenia, the player would cost Liverpool in the region of €7 million should they wish to make their move at the first opportunity.