By Wayne Veysey

30th Aug, 2017 | 1:21pm

Played a blinder - Journalist reacts as Liverpool close to wrapping up signing of dazzling attacker

By Harry Sykes

Liverpool have played a blinder in their bid to prise Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal, according to a journalist.

Telegraph correspondent Matt Law took to his personal Twitter account to praise the Merseysiders for “quite a clever game on Oxlade-Chamberlain”.

This comes as widespread reports claimed early on Wednesday afternoon that Liverpool are firmly in pole position to sign the England international by Thursday night’s deadline.

The Mirror have claimed via their website that the Gunners have given the Reds the green light to bring in the 24-year-old attacking midfielder despite the bad blood between the two clubs over transfers in the past.

Law suggested that Liverpool waited to make their move after Arsenal agreed a fee with Chelsea for Oxlade-Chamberlain of £40million.

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By that point, it was clear that the Gunners had changed their stance and were indeed willing to cash in on the versatile midfielder.

BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein reported on his personal Twitter account in the early hours of Wednesday that the Arsenal midfielder has has heart set on Anfield.

The Gunners will refuse to sell the England international, 24, by Thursday night’s deadline if their price tag is not met by Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp’s side are now in the driving seat in the race to sign him.

Ornstein revealed that Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to quit Arsenal because he wants to play centrally rather than the right wing-back position in which he has been used in the new season and at the end of 2016-17.

At Chelsea, the player is convinced he would be in the running to compete with Victor Moses for the right flank role rather than the more advanced central position he feels better reflects his talents.

Football Insider verdict:

This is shaping up to be quite a transfer battle. Oxlade-Chamberlain did not play like a £40million bargain in Arsenal’s wretched display at Anfield on Sunday, but it is easy to see why the two Premier League big guns want him. Versatile, mobile, technically excellent, English and with his best years ahead of him, he offers so much. The question is, where is his best position? Intriguingly, the BBC report Liverpool plan to plan him in his favourite central or advanced role. At Chelsea, he might have to compete with Victor Moses for a go at right wing-back. Expect some twists and turns in this transfer in the next 36 hours.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are unwilling to sell this player to a Premier League rival.

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