Liverpool are reportedly ready to continue their pursuit of striker Romelu Lukaku.
The 17-year-old Belgian international is being courted by the cream of Euruope, with Liverpool one of the clubs heavily linked with a move for the player in January.
Damien Comolli, director of football strategy at Anfield, made contact with Anderlecht during the transfer window with regards to the player's availability, but Liverpool did not follow up their interest with a bid.
Chelsea did make an offer for the player, and they are thought to be the Reds' main competition for the player. Real Madrid, Manchester City and Spurs are also thought to be interested in the player valued at around €30 million.
“What happened on deadline day does not change anything. We know which clubs are interested and Chelsea and Liverpool remain at the front of the queue," a source close to the player told Goal.com UK.
Both clubs spent big in the transfer window with major striker additions, but the opportunity to sign a teenage 'wonderkid' is one that neither club is keen to pass up easily.
New Liverpool owners NESV proved they are willing to back Kenny Dalglish in the transfer market, and the Scot is thought to be keen on adding the player to the Merseysiders' ranks with the backing of Comolli.
The player fits the criteria set out by the club's new owners, with young, attacking talent wanted to fill the ranks for the future at Liverpool.
Spending power isn't something the Blues are lacking either though, and Carlo Ancelotti could easily challenge his Barclays Premier League rivals should he wish to spend Roman Abramovich's money on the teenager.
Reports claim the clubs will battle again for the player's signature at the end of the summer, and Liverpool will hope Comolli can persuade the player that Anfield can be his future home.
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