Liverpool target Ryad Boudebouz has confirmed he will leave current club Sochaux at the end of the season.
The Algeria international had caught the eye of Anfield scouts earlier in the summer, but the French side rejected any move.
Director of Football Damien Comoli was reported by The Mirror to have met with Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe regarding Boudebouz’s availability.
It now looks as though the tricky winger has decided to leave and Kenny Dalglish could be waiting in the wings to snap him up.
Liverpool could soon be searching for a Dirk Kuyt replacement, if some reports are to be believed, and Boudebouz is a long-term Anfield target who would fit the bill.
The player has won rave reviews in France for his recent displays, saying he has finally matured and has added an end product to his obvious natural talent and athleticism.
Predominantly a winger, Boudebouz is able to play across midfield and can also be deployed as a supporting striker.
The 21-year-old was speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe when he revealed his desire to find a new club.
“At the end of the season, I will ask to leave,” he was quoted as saying.
Liverpool will face stiff competition from French big-spenders Paris St Germain, should they wish to sign the youngster.
The Sochaux playmaker was born in France but chose to represent the country of his parents’ birth – he even lined up against England in the 2010 World Cup.