Ashley Young has emerged as the top transfer target for Liverpool, according to reports.
The England international has been linked with a Barclays Premier League switch for some time now, with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish thought to be tracking the player for several months.
With contract talks still at deadlock between the player and Aston Villa, and Young reportedly turning down a new offer as recently as last week, a Villa Park exit appears to be on the cards despite the best efforts of Gerard Houllier.
Liverpool are waiting in the wings, with the Reds making Young their 'prime' summer target, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
Young built his reputation as a starlet at Watford before moving to the Midlands in 2007, with Martin O'Neill paying an initial £8 million to bring the 25-year-old to the Villains.
With 12 international caps to his name already, Young has continued his development over his four years at the club and now Liverpool are keen to capitalise and add to their attacking ranks.
Dalglish has hinted at a number of potential summer transfers at Anfield come the end of the season, with a winger and left back thought to be the main priorities for the Liverpool legend.
NESV, the club's owners, proved in January that they are willing to back the manager financially and it appears a string of transfer bids could be on the cards, with Young the first of potentially many to be targeted by Liverpool.
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