Liverpool target wing wizard wonderkid as next £10m Anfield hero

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Liverpool are being linked with a January move for Southampton prodigy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The 17-year-old speedster has already earned a place as a first team regular at St Mary's, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is reportedly ready to challenge for the player's signature.

Fulham and Arsenal are also thought to have expressed an interest in the player, and a Premier League move appears on the cards sooner rather than later for the England U18 international.

Saints boss Nigel Adkins will try his hardest to persuade the player to stay at the south coast club, but interest from Premier League giants like Liverpool has forced the club into putting a £10 million valuation on the player's head.

Obvious comparisons to Theo Walcott have already been made, but it is reported in the Daily Mail that some staff believe he has the potential to go on to bigger and better things than the Gunners star.

Liverpool are thought to be in the market for young, attacking talent in January, and Oxlade-Chamberlain would certainly tick a number of boxes at Anfield.

New owners NESV have reportedly handed Hodgson a transfer war chest in the region of £35 million on Merseyside, and the Liverpool chief is thought to have a shortlist of 'five or six players' for the opening month of 2011.

The Saints graduate would represent a coup for Liverpool, if they can land the player ahead of their Premier League rivals, and could also go straight into contention for first team opportunities due to his nPower League One experience.

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