Liverpool are being linked with a move for Nottingham Forest youngster Jamaal Lascelles after club scout Neil Richardson watched him in action yesterday.
The Daily Mail claims the former Mansfield assistant, who works as a north regional scout for the Reds, was in attendance at Bramall Lane as Forest suffered a 3-1 defeat in their FA Cup fifth round tie against Sheffield United.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are also reportedly interested in the 20-year-old, whose price-tag could be as much as £15million following a rise to prominence under Billy Davies in the Sky Bet Championship.
Connor Coady, a Liverpool youth team product on loan with the Blades, was also in action and grabbed a vital equalising goal for the hosts on a memorable day in Yorkshire.
How the Reds rated Lascelles' performance is up for debate, but the youngster looked solid for an hour despite picking up an early yellow card. Things slowly went downhill for both the player and his team after that, however.
And, whether Liverpool believe the youngster can challenge for first-team opportunities next season could also be pivotal as to whether Brendan Rodgers tries to bring the player to Anfield at the end of the season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, were linked with a move for Lascelles during the January transfer window, with manager Arsene Wenger reportedly going head-to-head with Newcastle for the youngster's signature.
However, the report in The Daily Mail claimed the Gunners were initially willing to offer £3million for his services - a figure which has now increased five-fold if the Metro report is to be believed.
Wenger is renowned for bringing top young talent to the Emirates Stadium, and Lascelles could be another English starlet on the Arsenal books if they make a move this summer.
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