Liverpool are leading the race for promising Ipswich Town youngster Andre Dozell Mirror Sport report.
The 16-year-old is attracting interest from a number of Premier League heavyweights, including Arsenal and West Ham, but the Reds have stolen a march on their rivals by opening talks.
Dozell has agreed a two-year professional deal with Ipswich, which will be formalised when he turns 17 on May 2nd, but if he opts to join Jurgen Klopp's Anfield revolution instead, then the Blues would be entitled to £1.5m compensation.
However, the central midfielder's dad Jason, who previously played for Tottenham, believes Portman Road is the best place for his son to develop.
"Experience tells me that paper talk is paper talk" the 48-year-old told TWTD.
"There's a big difference between someone having interest and putting a cheque on the table. As far as I'm concerned it's nothing.
"Ipswich is the best place for him. He's obviously been on the bench, he's close, the manager likes him. His pathway at the moment is Ipswich Town.
"If he goes to a big club his pathway would be blocked, there will be a lot more players, a lot more better players, I would imagine."
Andre Dozell hasn't even featured for Ipswich's first-team yet but with Klopp monitoring him for several months he may make a lucrative switch before he even gets a chance to represent his boyhood club.