Perennial north London transfer rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are the latest Premier League clubs to have taken an interest in Birmingham forward Demerai Gray, according to The Sun.
However, both find themselves behind Liverpool in the queue to land the teenager dubbed ‘the new Raheem Sterling’.
The savvy Reds negotiated a first option on the second city club’s 2013/14 Academy Player of the Year as part of the loan-deal that took Jordan Ibe to St Andrews last term.
At the tender age of 18 Gray has already amassed 20 appearances and two goals for the Blues, netting against high-flying Norwich City most recently.
Fellow Birmingham product Nathan Redmond, a player whom the youngster acknowledges had an influence on his career, was among the opposition that day.
Scoring more goals is an area that Gray has admitted provides room for improvement.
He has also yet to provide an assist for the Blues and averages a mere 0.8 key passes per 90 minutes in Championship action this term.
Nonetheless The Metro suggest that Liverpool are now ready to take up their option to buy the youngster after several promising performances in a struggling side this term, disappointing the Gunners and the Lilywhites in the process.
A fee of around £2m is thought to be enough to secure his services.
Hull are next on the menu for the Reds, who endured a fresh disappointment against a Real Madrid side that drew stumps at half-time in Champions League action last time out.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are 11/25 for victory, though the Tigers have scored exactly twice in their last six games and will doubtless be drooling over a chance to get their teeth stuck into the ailing Anfield defence.
Steve Bruce’s in-form attack, including four-goals-in-five Mohammed Diame, can be backed to bag another brace on Merseyside at 17/4.