By Alex Stevens
Liverpool are set to win the race to sign emerging France star Yasser Larouci, according to a report.
The Mail claim the Merseyside giants are in pole position to land the youth international from Ligue 1 club Le Havre.
It is said Larouci, 16, is available after rejecting a contract offer from the French outfit and he is now a free agent.
The Mail report that Liverpool are confident of beating Manchester United and Southampton to the signing of the teenager.
The attacking midfielder, who can play on the flanks or in a central playmaking role, would link up with the Merseysiders’ academy if a deal can be sealed.
Larouci has developed through the ranks at the same club as Paul Pogba and other former Le Havre players include West Ham’s Dimitri Payet, Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and ex-Chelsea player Lassana Diarra.
Liverpool have been away on a mid-season training camp at the Spanish resort of La Manga this week due to a 16-day break between competitive fixtures.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are not in FA Cup action this weekend following their exit at the hands of Wolves, and play their next fixture on Monday week when they face struggling Leicester in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium.
Liverpool are fifth in the table with 13 games remaining, only one point behind Tottenham and Arsenal but a distant 11 adrift of runaway leaders Chelsea.