Liverpool are close to securing a deal for Monaco and France international midfielder Thomas Lemar, according to French magazine Le10 Sport (via Sport Witness).
The report claims that "over the past few weeks," the Merseyside club have made some "good moves" for the 22-year-old, and that an "agreement in principle" is close to being completed.
With Monaco understood to be willing to let Lemar leave in the summer, Liverpool "aren't far away from having done most of the work" in regards to securing his signature.
Despite claims of interest fading, Le10 Sport say Liverpool are ‘close to agreement in principle’ to sign Thomas Lemar, have ‘done most of the work’ already. https://t.co/t0DGErixBt #lfc pic.twitter.com/kl2twC0YXo— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) March 6, 2018
The claim appears to contradict what has been previously reported by the British press, with the Liverpool Echo having claimed in February that Lemar is not on Jurgen Klopp's summer wish list.
However, the Reds were said to be put off by Monaco's excessive asking price and, according to the Echo, little has changed since.
Lemar started off his career with Caen where he made his professional debut as an 18-year-old. After impressing for the Ligue 2 side, he was snapped up Ligue 1 giants Monaco in 2015.
Since his arrival on the South coast, the midfielder has racked up 79 appearances in which he has scored 16 goals. Amid his impressive domestic performances, the attacking midfielder was called up to the French senior squad in 2016 and made his debut in a goalless draw to Ivory Coast.
Lemar first caught Liverpool's eye in the summer after he bagged 14 goals and provided 14 assists as Monaco won the Ligue 1 title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Reds' sporting director