Liverpool have reportedly held talks with Inter Milan over the potential signing of David Santon.
Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal have also allegedly registered their interest in the 19-year-old but Liverpool appear to have emerged as the favourites for his signature.
The teenager is unsettled in Italy after falling out of favour with Rafa Benitez and - despite the former Liverpool boss having departed the San Siro last month - Santon is thought to still be keen on a move to the Premier League.
Indeed, discussions have been ongoing with potential suitors regarding the Italian international - something confirmed by his agent.
Renzo Contratto told Goal.com: "Of course he wants to move to England and he has a number of different options…We have a number of meetings lined up for the coming days with them, we'll know more after that point."
And, according to itasportpress, Liverpool have been 'in talks' the Nerazzurri with a view to bringing Santon to Anfield during the transfer window.
Santon is extremely versatile and can play at full back on either flank as well as in a more advanced role.
And, with plenty of room to improve and develop, he would fit with the ethos of Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures in their quest to bring the cream of young European talent to Merseyside.
NESV have identified the development of young players at their Academy as a priority - tasking Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli with identifying precocious stars.
Comolli is renowned for having an eye for talent in its infancy - something which Liverpool Academy director Frank McParland paid testament to.
"His [Comolli's] philosophy is to bring through young talent and he's since told me that we will be seeing a lot of him here at the Academy," he told the official Liverpool website.
"That can only be good news for us. He has a strong interest in young, elite players and we are already in the process of looking to sign some very talented teenagers.
"He has a great network in Europe and when you combine that with what we already have in place here, it promises to be very exciting times for us."
Liverpool have also been linked with moves for Ipswich wonderkid Connor Wickham and Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as they look to build a squad to challenge for honours in the future.
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