Liverpool are preparing to make a £10 million bid for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb as talks over a new long-term contract extension between the player and north London club continue to rumble on.
According to The Sun, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to add the Algeria international to his first-team squad at Anfield next season, and will meet Spurs chairman Daniel Levy's valuation of the 20-year-old.
Bentaleb has enjoyed an impressive rise to senior stardom at White Hart Lane over the past 18 months after being handed his Premier League debut by former manager Tim Sherwood during the 2013/14 campaign.
However, under the new stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino the box-to-box star cemented his place in Tottenham's starting XI last season and excelled alongside fellow academy graduate Ryan Mason.
Mason and another youth team product Harry Kane - who netted an astonishing 31 goals in 2014/15, his first full season in the first-team - have both been rewarded with new five-year contracts, although Bentaleb's golden handshake has not come to fruition.
The Daily Mirror reported earlier this month that the Algerian was on the verge of putting pen to paper on a five-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2020, but no official announcement has been made.
Liverpool are hoping to take advantage of any uncertainty by offering Bentaleb the chance to move to Merseyside, where he could expect to receive a significant pay-rise compared to what he currently earns in the capital.
His departure hinges on whether or not Spurs are successful in their pursuit of Lyon star Clinton N'Jie, with the same Sun story claiming Levy will give the green light once the Cameroon international's services are secured.
N'Jie is a much more forward-thinking star with an impressive goals record at international level, having notched four times in just nine appearances for his country so far.
The African's club form is also not to be sniffed at following a contribution of seven league goals and eight assists at Stade de Gerland last term, meaning he'll offer more in terms of creativity than the defensively-minded Bentaleb does at Tottenham.
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