Roma enter race for Martin Odegaard

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Roma are the latest club to join the race for Norwegian starlet and Manchester United target Martin Odegaard.

According to reports brought to our attention by talkSPORT, the Red Devils are supposedly leading the race for the youngster's signature but appear to face significant competition from the Italian club as well as the likes of Ajax and La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Odegaard - who plays his club football for Stromsgodset in the Tippeligaen and only made his first-team bow earlier this year - has developed quite a reputation for himself over recent months.

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Norway record

Still just 15-years-old, the talented playmaker made history in August by becoming the youngest player ever to represent Norway at international level after making his senior debut during a friendly fixture against the United Arab Emirates.

Such swift and promising progress certainly does not appear to have escaped the attention of some of Europe's biggest clubs and it now seems increasingly likely that Odegaard will depart Marienlyst Stadion before he is too much older.

Roma - an attractive proposition?

Roma - who currently sit top of Serie A after winning their first three games of the new season and also celebrated a return to the Champions League with a crushing 5-1 demolition of CSKA Moscow at the Stadio Olimpico last week - are certainly a club on the rise and beating a reputable list of rivals to this particular deal would be quite a statement of intent from Rudi Garcia and co.

However, despite their obvious intentions to end Juventus' reign of domestic dominance, it remains to be seen if the Giallorossi can convince Odegaard - who has been optimistically and prematurely dubbed as the 'next Lionel Messi' in some quarters of the media - to choose them over his other illustrious suitors.

Manchester United/Liverpool battle

Manchester United - who fell to a humiliating 5-3 defeat to newly-promoted Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday - are not the only Premier League club tracking Odegaard.

Liverpool are also said to have been keeping a close eye on his form and could look to steal a march on their oldest and fiercest foes by launching a move in January.

Brendan Rodgers' side have not enjoyed a particular positive start to the new campaign either and suffered a hugely frustrating 3-1 defeat to West Ham at the weekend.

Despite making a number of signings in the aftermath of Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona during the most recent transfer window, the Reds look short of the quality necessary to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City and will surely look to address that in the new year.

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