Liverpool have first refusal on Mexican star

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Liverpool will have first refusal on Mexican winger Hector Herrera, should the youngster move to Europe.

The 21-year-old currently plies his trade with Pachuca, and played a prominent role in ensuring Mexico qualified for this summer's Olympic Games in London.

It was confirmed on Friday by Pachuca's executive director Andres Fassi on Friday that Liverpool are interested in signing Herrera, although a formal approach has yet to be made.

Fassi has since claimed that a Liverpool representative has been to watch Herrera in action, something the player has confirmed himself when questioned by local reporters.

"I was only introduced to him, he didn't tell me anything specific," he said, as reported by

Liverpool also have an unofficial agreement with Pachuca that they will be provided with the opportunity to sign Herrera before anyone else, when his current employers make him available.

"We have a sort of deal between the two clubs, in that Liverpool would be the first in line should the player emigrate to Europe," Fassi explained.

"There's no formal offer yet, only interest, no verbal agreement or pre-contract.

"Liverpool's people came to Mexico on a general scouting trip, there's a declared interest in Herrera.

"Their scout was here for four practice sessions and now they want to watch him in the Olympic Games."

The acquisition of Herrera could prove to be the final Liverpool signing to have been influenced by Damien Comolli, with the Frenchman having been tasked with the recruitment of young talent during his time at Anfield.

Comolli was relieved of his duties last Thursday after a number of expensive failures were acquired for Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool first-team.

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