Liverpool are being linked with a summer move for French U21 international Loris Nery.
French publication L'Equipe claims Damien Comolli, director of football at Anfield, has taken interest in the 20-year-old full back after an impressive debut season for the Ligue 1 side.
After making his debut for St. Etienne in September, Nery went on to make 14 French league appearances Les Verts last term, helping Christophe Galtier's side to tenth in the top flight.
With only a short-term contract currently in place at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, L'Equipe goes on to claim that Liverpool are looking to sign the player on a long-term deal with a view to loaning Nery back to France.
Comolli, who used to work for St. Etienne, is still thought to have connections in France, a factor that has led to Liverpool being linked with a handful of players from France in recent months.
The news comes on the same day as Liverpool appear to be solving their left back issue on Merseyside, with the Reds agreeing a fee with Newcastle for Spanish defender Jose Enrique.
Kenny Dalglish has been searching for a player in the position for some time, and following Paul Konchesky's permanent exit earlier in the transfer window, Liverpool have settled for the former Villarreal man.
Whilst Nery can operate in the same position, the versatile youngster has the ability to play anywhere in defence, and would be seen as an acquisition for the future should Liverpool be able to secure the signature.