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Liverpool, Everton and Southampton are locked in a three-way battle to land Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi.
The 21-year-old Nigerian has impressed at Lazio since joining in 2011 and could be set for a move away from Serie A this summer.
Reports in Italy suggest that the Premier League trio are all keeping tabs on Onazi's situation and could make a move before the end of the current window.
Both Liverpool and Everton were linked with a move for Onazi in the lead up to the January transfer window and it seems their interest may now have been rekindled.
The player's agent is set to fly to Italy next week and hold talks with Lazio, with a possible outcome being that the Rome side decide to offload the player.It is thought that Lazio would be willing to do business if they received a bid in the region of £8m.
Quite whether any of the trio are willing to fork out that amount for Onazi remains to be seen, but it would appear the player has a preference for a move to Anfield.
Last November Onazi said: "I would jump at the chance to play in the Premier League.
"Liverpool? They are a huge team and are attractive to any footballer. I could see myself playing for them."