Highly rated St Etienne winger Dimitri Payet is a summer transfer target for Liverpool according to talkSPORT.
The 24-year-old Frenchman has long been on the Anfield radar, and has continued to attract attention from a number of potential suitors with a number of fine performances in Ligue 1 this season.
Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli is hoping to use old connections at his former club to negotiate a deal for Payet who could join the Reds for around £9million.
Competition for the player's signature comes from Etienne’s domestic rivals Paris Saint Germain, as well as Serie A giants Juventus.
But Comolli's link to Payet's current club will mean that Liverpool remain the frontrunners to complete a deal that would see the exciting wing wizard move to Anfield when the transfer window reopens in June.
Having started his career at Nantes, Payet moved to St Etienne in 2007 where he has made 134 appearances for the French outfit, scoring 20 goals and providing 14 assists.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is known to be in the market for further midfield additions to add to the supply for the Reds’ newly acquired strike partnership of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
The pair moved to Anfield in January for a combined fee of around £60million, and Livepool owners Fenway Sports Group look set to continue the spending as the Reds delve into the transfer market once again in a bid to improve their playing squad.