£12m Liverpool wing wizard target 'flattered' by King Kenny interest

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Liverpool starlet target Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has spoken on the interest shown in him by Barclays Premier League teams.

The wing wizard has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks, with Director of Football strategy for Liverpool Damien Comolli scouting the player personally on a number of occasions.

A player who has drawn obvious comparisons to Theo Walcott, Arsenal have also reportedly shown an interest in the player, although it's Liverpool who are the reported favourites for the player.

“It’s nice to know that some Premier League clubs are watching, but my focus is on the game and continuing to play well and grow as a player,” said a grounded Oxlade-Chamberlain.

A 17-year-old product of the Saints academy, the winger made his senior debut last season and has appeared 21 times in League One action for Alan Pardew's side.

England U18 honours have since been awarded, leading to Liverpool taking notice of the player's attributes.

The departure of Roy Hodgson is not thought to affect the Merseysiders interest in the player, with new boss Kenny Dalglish looking to add attacking players to his Liverpool ranks in the January transfer window.

NESV have pledged transfer funds to the cause as the Reds look to get out of their current slump, and Oxlade-Chamberlain fits the remit of young, attacking talent wanted by the new Liverpool owners.

With the backing of Comolli, the green light appears to have been granted with regards to a move for the player, although Southampton will look to fend off the interest from Liverpool and keep hold of their prized asset.

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