Liverpool appear to have been given hope in their reported pursuit of Andre Ayew after he said he would leave Marseille if they fail to offer him a more lucrative contract.
The Ghana international is out of contract at the end of the season and will pursue a move away from the Stade Veledrome if he is not offered a pay increase by his Ligue 1 employers.
It is claimed by the Daily Express that Liverpool have already offered a deal to Ayew, as have Everton and Newcastle, and if true all three clubs will be watching developments with great interest.
“There will soon be a meeting to discuss my future," he told RTL.
"But I will not accept a pay cut to stay at Marseille. Every player wants to make progress, in all aspects.”
Borussia Dortmund have also been credited with an interest in the player, although the fact Jurgen Klopp's side will be without European competition next season could play a part in his decision making.
But a move to Dortmund would still seem more likely than staying in Marseille given the financial constraints the club are under, and Ayew's comments suggest he has already decided on his future.
Ayew said: “Marseille have financial problems and they cannot afford to pay certain wages.
"I am a Marseille player at this stage and could still stay here. My future is still open.
“If the club want me to leave, then I will go. But I like Marseille.”
The talented Ghanaian can play in an attacking midfield role or wider on the left and Liverpool are often linked with players with these credentials. But Ayew stands out as one worth going after for Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool were linked with the 25-year-old last summer but instead opted for Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic, so maybe this year will be the time to move for Rodgers as Ayew’s contract comes to an end.