In demand Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been frequently linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League.
The 24-year-old star has emerged as a transfer target for Liverpool and Manchester United in recent months, with the former rumoured to be eyeing the Ligue 1 star as a replacement for Pepe Reina – who himself has courted interest from Old Trafford.
Speculation has been rife as Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks for a long-term successor to the retiring Edwin Van der Sar, who is set to retire at the end of the current campaign.
Lyon officials were hopeful that Manchester United’s interest had ended when they turned their attention to Liverpool’s Reina, who according to the Daily Telegraph sighted the Anfield star’s £20million release clause as something to capitalise on.
But now Liverpool have come to the forefront with Reds manager Kenny Dalglish keen to land Lloris, who is regarded as one of the very best shot stoppers in Europe.
Liverpool owners NESV are fully prepared to continue ploughing money into the Anfield club in a bid to return it to their former glories, and have looked to Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli to highlight the best options in the transfer market.
However, Liverpool’s intentions could be thwarted by the news that Lyon are preparing to offer Lloris a new lucrative deal to stay at the club.
The French international is set to be offered a considerable pay rise with a two-year extension to his current contract.
But talkSPORT reports that the £25m release clause written into his present deal is set to remain, and could be fundamental in either Liverpool or Manchester United retaining any hope in their continued pursuit of this much sought-after player.