Liverpool have been given a boost in their hopes to secure France international winger Dimitri Payet, according to reports.
The official Liverpool website has cited sources claiming that the winger, who is reportedly worth £7 million, has been fielding interest from big name clubs throughout Europe, with Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish keen to grow his attacking force.
And contract talks with AS Saint-Étienne and the star have also stalled, meaning that Dalglish might just get his way with the winger's signature.
Liverpool Director of Football Damien Comolli is a personal fan of Payet’s, with the 24 year old scoring twelve goals so far this season for Ligue 1 side Saint-Étienne, as well as setting up countless goals for teammates.
Comolli reportedly sees Payet as being able to supply the ball to dangerous Liverpool forwards Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
Comolli praised Payet’s efforts in November last year, comparing him to star playmaker Luka Modric.
“On a natural class level, Dimitri is stronger than a player like Modric, (who) I saw very closely at Tottenham,” Comolli told France Football.
“It is a very high level. We never stopped repeating to him: 'It is only up to you to join a French team'.”
Payet had been linked to Liverpool on a number of occasions last year, and with the transfer period drawing closer, the speculation is no doubt going to grow around the Frenchman.