Manchester United could face fierce competition for the signing of Moussa Dembele, with reports claiming that Premier League rivals Liverpool have joined the race to sign the Fulham striker.

17-year-old Dembele - who shares the same name as Tottenham's tenacious Belgian midfielder - is one of the top-flight's most exciting youth prospects, whose arrival at Craven Cottage from wealthy Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 was widely regarded as somewhat of a coup for the West London outfit.

Over the weekend, defending champions Manchester United were linked with Dembele - who has been drawn strong comparisons to Didier Drogba due to his striking similarities to the former Chelsea star - after scouts were apparently wowed by the France U17 international's performance during a 2-2 draw between Fulham and United's respective U21 sides.

However, they could be set to face a battle with their oldest foes for Dembele's signature, with the Daily Mirror reporting that Liverpool have also dispatched a scouting team to watch the starlet. 

The same publication further suggests that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is eager to sign the Frenchman either in the next transfer window or indeed in a deal that could see him complete a potential move to Anfield slightly later in his burgeoning career.

Convincing the Cottagers to sell such a prodigious talent, though, could be problematic. According to the paper, Dembele signed an initial contract until 2015 and understands that Fulham have already exercised an option to tie him to the club for a further year.

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