Arsenal and Liverpool are trying to sign Senegal defender Cheikhou Kouyate, according to the player’s agent.
Saffet Balkan claims he’s held talks with representatives from both clubs ahead of a potential permanent move away from Anderlecht.
"I have been in talks with representatives from Liverpool and Arsenal over Cheikhou Kouyate,” he said, according to The Daily Star.
"Arsenal are very interested in Kouyate. It’s very likely that he’ll be joining a Premier League club soon."
The paper claims Gunners boss Arsene Wenger initially took an interest in the player during the 2012 Olympics.
A work permit was initially thought to be a stumbling block over a potential move to the Emirates Stadium, but the granting of a Belgian passport means he could now make the switch to Arsenal.
It also means Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would have no problems bringing the player - who Metro claimed would cost around £6million in November - to Merseyside.
The Reds have mixed formations this season under the Northern Irishman at Anfield, playing either two or three centre backs in 4-2-3-1 and 3-5-2 formations.
Kouyate would give Liverpool another option if they were able to bring him to the club this month, but it's clear they have competition from a Premier League rival in this particular battle.
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