Liverpool 'determined' to seal January deal for £10m wing wonder

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Liverpool continue to monitor Southampton whiz kid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to Metro.

The 17-year-old is thought to be the target of a number of Premier League suitors - with Liverpool apparently leading the chasing pack for his signature.

But, despite speculation suggesting the winger could be on his way to Liverpool, Saints insist they are under no obligation to sell their prized asset.

"We don't need to sellAlex, and he hasn't said he wants to go," manager Nigel Adkins told the Daily Star when questioned about the alleged interest of Liverpool.

"He came through our academy and we want to nurture and develop our players, not sell them.

"Alex is a terrific lad and an important part of our squad. If we had any indication that all of this was going to his head, we have people here to kick him up the backside.

"We speak regularly to his parents and they are happy with his progression here."

But Metro report that Liverpool remain 'determined' to sign the £10 million-rated teenager and a January offer for his services could be in the pipeline.

Along with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Preston midfielder Adam Barton and Watford striker Marvin Sordell are also thought to be on the Reds' radar after Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures (NESV) outlined their intention to bring Europe's top youngsters to Anfield.

"On the field we have to be smarter," NESV supremo John Henry told the Liverpool Echo.

"Arsenal and Man U have depth that is young and capable. We do not. We have a lot of work to do there. A lot of work. And we will, but we have to be smart about it. We are here for the long term.

"Everything we do is for the long term. Our biggest responsibility is to bring in the right people to the club on and off the field.”

Director of football strategy Damien Comolli has been tasked with identifying potential targets as Liverpool attempt to add to their stable of starlets which includes Spanish duo Dani Pacheco and Suso.

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