Liverpool are going toe-to-toe with rivals Manchester United in an attempt to sign Nottingham Forest teen sensation Matthew Bondswell, according to ESPN.
The broadcaster report that the 16-year-old left-back has rejected several contract offers from Forest, who are desperate to retain him this summer.
ESPN claim that Liverpool have been alerted to the situation, and hope that Bondswell growing up as a Reds fan will see them beat off rivals United to his signature.
Good move for Liverpool?
Bondswell has been a regular in the Forest Under-18 side this season and has impressed in their academy set-up, while also dazzling for England youth sides.
The left-back was crowned British junior triple jump champion last year and is a competitive sprinter [Daily Mail], so the foundations of a brilliant athlete are there.
At just 16 years old there is so much potential here, and it would be a massive coup should Liverpool manage to snap him up.
Live 4 Liverpool rating: 8/10
Likely to happen?
It looks like the Reds are in a two-horse race with bitter rivals United for Bondswell, but they may hold a trump card in negotiations.
As reported by ESPN, Bondswell is a boyhood Liverpool fan, and that will surely sway him towards joining the Reds over United if he makes a move this summer.
Live 4 Liverpool rating: 5/10