Liverpool back in the race as £12m teen target chase continues

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Liverpool are the latest side to be linked with a move for highly rated Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain according to the Daily Mail.

The 17-year-old starlet is in high demand this summer, and was thought to be the subject of a bidding war between potential suitors Arsenal and Manchester United.

However, Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is rumoured to be interested in bringing the in-demand midfielder to Anfield as he continues his recruitment drive with a focus on up-and-coming English talent.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been watched on a number of occasions last season by Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli.

However, it was heavily anticipated that Arsenal remained the frontrunners for his signature after the player's father, former England international Mark Chamberlain cited the Gunners as his preferred destination for son Alex.


With Arsene Wenger well known for his emphasis on youth development, the only sticking point remains the fee with Arsenal prepared to pay no more than £10million to bring him to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Southampton though are said to be holding out for closer to £12million for the promising England U19 international, and with the Gunners wary of spending such a fee on an untested youngster, a switch to Liverpool is now a serious possibility.

Wenger came close to signing Oxlade-Chamberlain in January, but the move collapsed due to Saints insisting on a 40 per cent sell-on clause.

But Liverpool are confident they can negotiate a deal, clearing the path for a move if Dalglish can convince the player that a move to Anfield is in his best interests.

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