Kenny Dalglish
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. PA

Liverpool are chasing 17 year old Nantes striker Jawad Boukabous, according to French media, with the youngster drawing the attention of numerous European clubs with his performances.

Boukabous starred in the Coupe Gamberdella Cup final, a competition organised for players who are under 19 years old and play for French clubs, and has also stood out for his Ligue 2 club's youth side.

Reports were claiming that Roma were chasing Boukabous, but L'Equipe believes that the striker is now a target for Liverpool as well, with Kenny Dalglish aiming to bring as many younger players as possible to Merseyside as the club aim to challenge for trophies once more.

Liverpool have been connected with a large group of youth players over the last season, and signings with Wycombe teen Jordan Ibe and MK Dons starlet Seyi Ojo had both been confirmed by the club before January 1st.

Dalglish also admitted to interest in Irish youngster Rory Donnelly, but the Glaswegian was beaten to his signature by Swansea.

Boukabous looks to fit Dalglish's current transfer policy of looking for players who can stay with the club for the long haul, and begins a rebuilding process that has been years in the making after Rafa Benitez left the club in the summer of 2010.

Dalglish has so far spent in excess of £100 million on bringing new players into the fold at Anfield, and while he has profited £50 million from Fernando Torres' January exit, the manager is planning to create a group of fresh faces for both the short and long term future.

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