Liverpool snub from non-league striker target - reports

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Portsmouth are understood to be closing in on non-league starlet Dan Thompson, who has also attracted interest from Liverpool and Newcastle according to skysports.com.

The 17-year-old striker, who currently plies his trade for Hampton & Richmond has been tipped for a bright future, as a host of Barclays Premier League clubs continue to monitor the situation.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been alerted to Thompson's potential, as he considers an attempt to bring him to Anfield, and Magpies boss Alan Pardew has also been credited with an interest in taking him to St James' Park.

However, as prospective talks over a move to either Liverpool or Newcastle have stalled, Championship side Portsmouth are now the favourites to secure his signature.

Thompson is believed to have arrived at Fratton Park this morning to link-up with Pompey for talks and training, with a view to sealing a permanent deal on the south coast before the end of the week.

Whilst the lure of a move to Liverpool or Newcastle would have been tempting for Thompson, his decision to sign for Portsmouth is based around the opportunity of a realistic chance of first-team football.

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