Arsenal appear to be facing possible competition from Liverpool for the services of Championship defender Jamaal Lascelles.
According to The Daily Express, the Reds are weighing up a move for the Nottingham Forest starlet and even had scouts present during the club's goalless draw with Preston North End in the FA Cup on Friday evening.
Unfortunately for those unlucky Liverpool scouts in attendance, however, they did not get to take much of a look at their target with Lascelles - who appears to be valued at up to £5 million - starting - and indeed finishing - the drab affair on the substitute's bench at the City Ground.
In the modern age of technology and with games coming thick and fast - particularly in the Football League - though, it seems somewhat farfetched that that piece of slight misfortune would prevent any Liverpool move for the player.
Premier League leaders Arsenal have also been linked with a potential move for Lascelles, with reports earlier in the January window suggesting that both the Gunners and Newcastle United had made offers for his signature.
Everton are also understood to have made an official enquiry regarding Lascelles.
Such fervent interest in the 20-year-old is understandable, with Lascelles having drawn plaudits for his accomplished displays in the heart of Billy Davies' defence at Nottingham Forest.
Arsenal, who face a testing schedule in the coming months as they seek to end a painful trophy drought, boast one of the Premier League's most in-form defensive partnerships in Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker - yet they have little by way of reserve.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are formidable in attack but often appear to lack the defensive solidity required for a genuine title charge.
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