Liverpool are leading the race to sign Ipswich Town starlet Teddy Bishop in the summer, despite the fact the teenage midfielder has attracted additional interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
According to the Daily Mirror, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has already made contact with the Championship outfit this month to discuss the possibility of bringing the talented teenager to Anfield.
The Tractor Boys informed Liverpool that Bishop would not be leaving Portman Road during the January transfer window, as Mick McCarthy wants to retain the 18-year-old's services to help his side's push for promotion back to the Premier League.
Bishop has made 18 appearances for Ipswich so far this term after making his senior breakthrough at the start of the 2014/15 campaign. His impressive performances have attracted admiring glances from a host of top-flight suitors, but it's the Merseyside club that are perceived as the favourites to secure his signature.
Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal have also ordered scouts to keep tabs on the player's ongoing development in Suffolk, but the likelihood is that the Gunners and Red Devils will miss out after failing to firm up their interest in the mid-season window.
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Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be keen to bring the youngster to White Hart Lane as well, but like the aforementioned duo Spurs are not expected to convince Bishop to turn his back on Liverpool.
Ipswich can expect to earn around £10 million from the player's prospective sale at the end of the season, but it remains to be seen how the situation changes if they do win promotion back to the Premier League.
The same goes for talented left-back Tyrone Mings, another player that's attracted attention from a growing list of admirers. It's anticipated that his long-term future lies away from Portman Road, but they might be able to keep him for another 12 months with the offer of regular action in the top tier in 2015/16.