Joe Gomez is set to become Liverpool’s fourth summer signing.
Talks have been ongoing and a move worth 3.5m plus add-ins looks likely.
The 18-year-old is also being tracked by Arsenal and even Borussia Dortmund, but it seems Liverpool are keen to tie down Gomez, and are confident of being able to do so.
It is thought that the youngster will be loaned back out again to enable him to gain some valuable experience.
Whether this would happen back at current club Charlton remains to be seen.
He starred 21 times for the London club last season as well as representing England at U19 level four times.
A busy summer at Anfield
If the deal goes ahead, Gomez will become Liverpool’s fourth arrival of the summer, following in the footsteps of James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan.
Liverpool also look like they may capture another of Southampton’s stars, this time Naa busy summer at Liverpoothaniel Clyne.
Clyne would be reunited with former team-mates Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren if the move was to develop.