Liverpool face a Premier League fight with Everton as well as Swansea for the signature of Rory Donnelly, David Moyes has revealed, with the Toffees manager closely monitoring the situation as January approaches.
At just 19 years old, Donnelly has starred for Irish side Cliftonville FC, and the club's chairman Gerard Lawlor confirmed last week that he had received a personal phone call from Kenny Dalglish over the teenager.
"It's not every day you get Kenny Dalglish ringing you and asking how the Reds got on at the weekend," Lawlor said.
"Unsurprisingly, his main reason for phoning was to declare an interest in Rory Donnelly.
"He made it clear that Liverpool want to sign him and that they would be back in touch.
"We have held a number of discussions with various interested parties over these last few weeks but I'll admit that getting a phonecall from Kenny Dalglish threw me a little bit, it took a wee while before I realised it was actually him and not somebody messing me about."
Dalglish admitted that contact has been made over a possible move to Liverpool, but Swansea also weighed in on the debate, insisting they are fighting hard for the starlet and believe Connelly will make the 'right decision' in regards to his future.
But now Moyes says that Everton are keeping tabs on Donnelly, and in discussions with Lawlor over a move.
"We are in there trying to see what the situation is," Moyes said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
"The chairman spoke with their chairman there so we are around that as well.
"I am hoping to be able to add to the squad if I can.
"But we don't have bundles of cash so we'll try to do what we can and look to an alternative market to try to get players in."
Liverpool have moved towards signing younger players over the last year, with Kenny Dalglish aiming to create a team with a long-term goal for success in England and abroad.
After a few disappointing seasons, the Reds are working their way back up the table again, and are aiming to be in Champions League contention by the end of the season, which would put them in a good position to sign new talent.