Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for Derby County teenage sensation Will Hughes.
The 18-year-old midfielder - touted as the future of England - has been on the radar of the Premier League heavyweights for some time now, with Manchester City, Arsenal and Newcastle United all previously credited with an interest.
The Reds are keen to pip their rivals to the signature of Hughes and are now weighing up an offer, according to the Mirror. The report claims Derby will hold out for at least £7m to sanction the sale and might also want the youngster to finish this season at Pride Park on a one-year loan.
Hughes made 35 appearances in the Championship last season and played a crucial role in helping Derby to a 10th-place finish. The playmaker's performances were rewarded by the England selectors, who promoted him from the U-17 to the U-21 squad straightaway.
The teenager revealed he is looking forward to the new season and is confident the Rams can break in to the top six this time around.
"Compared to last season we have a stronger squad.The whole club is excited about the new season. I think we can push for the top six. We have strength in depth and players who can change the game from the bench. There is real expectation from the amount of players we have brought in - the likes of Johnny [Russell] and Chris [Martin] who will add firepower," Hughes pointed out.
"We didn't have that many players who could change the game but this season we have strength in depth and I think that could be the deciding factor. The majority of teams in the Championship have expectations. There are a good 16 teams that want to finish in the top six and it will be difficult, but that's what we are here for and what we are aiming for and we believe we can achieve it," he added.