Liverpool appear to be leading the chase for FC Nuremberg playmaker Mike Frantz.
Aston Villa are also reportedly keeping tabs on the 24-year-old midfielder who has seen his stock rise dramatically thanks to a string of impressive performances in the Bundesliga this season.
According to Sport.co.uk, despite the fact Frantz has yet to represent Germany, he is held in a similar regard to Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller and his style of play has also drawn comparisons to his compatriots.
Liverpool are now thought to be frontrunners for Frantz's signature after his agent revealed contact had been made with a Premier League club.
Guido Nickolay told Sport.co.uk: “Mike (Frantz) will be making a move. There are clubs interested but there is particular demand from England and the Premier League.
“I cannot name specific clubs at this time, but he should be leaving FC Nuremberg.”
Liverpool have reportedly had scouts monitoring the progress of the Bundesliga ace and will attempt to bring him to Anfield next month.
Roy Hodgson is expected to invest heavily in his Liverpool squad when the transfer window reopens as he looks to make his mark at Anfield.
The Liverpool boss is likely to be backed with a transfer kitty of anywhere between £20-30 million in the New Year and has been linked with moves for a number of potential targets.
Tottenham winger David Bentley and Bolton striker Johan Elmander have both been frequently mentioned regarding moves to Liverpool, as have Japan sensation Keisuke Honda and Bayern Munich hotshot Mario Gomez.
All eyes are likely to be on Liverpool during the transfer window as Hodgson attempts to splurge NESV's cash.