Reported Manchester United target Axel Witsel is also being monitored by Liverpool, it has been claimed.
According to talkSPORT, the Merseysiders are leading charge for the 22-year-old Standard Liege midfielder, with the Reds now ready to 'firm up' their interest.
TalkSPORT previously reported that United were chasing Witsel, and it had also been alleged by TEAMtalk that Sir Alex Ferguson had dispatched scouts to compile a report on the youngster when Belgium took on Austria last month.
But, despite the interest of the Old Trafford club, it would now appear that Liverpool are the frontrunners to secure his signature in the summer as they look to bolster their midfield.
Liverpool are thought to be keen to add both extra aggression and goalscoring options to their midfield ranks during the transfer window, and Witsel could bring both to Anfield.
The controversial Belgian was once banned for eight matches after a tackle which snapped an opponents ankle, and has already been sent off three times in his brief career.
But Witsel has weighed in with his fair share of goals - scoring nine times in the league for Standard this season, while also grabbing a brace for Belgium in a Euro 2012 qualifier.
Valued at around €9 million, Witsel could prove to be an interesting acquisition for Liverpool in their pursuit of reinforcements - with the likes of Charlie Adam and Yann M'Vila also said to be on the Anfield radar.
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