Kerem Demirbay could sign for Liverpool in the next 48 hours, according to Bundesliga expert Lee Price.
Price believes central midfielder Demirbay, 24, is on Jurgen Klopp's radar and a late move could be on the cards.
Demirbay made his Germany debut earlier this year after snubbing an offer to play for Turkey instead.
He grew up playing for the Borussia Dortmund youth sides when boss Klopp was in charge before progressing to represent Dortmund B.
Spells at Hamburg, Kaiserslautern and Fortuna Dusseldorf followed before he moved to Hoffenheim last summer, where he shone.
Price, who has written books the Bundesliga and Liverpool boss Klopp, understands Spurs, Chelsea and Bournemouth are all keen too.
He told Express Sport: "Demirbay is a player I've known of for a while but it's only the last couple of years he's really shown what he can do.
"The young midfielder impressed for Hoffenheim against Liverpool in the Champions League qualifier, and was seen chatting to Klopp at the end of the game.
"Spurs are thought to be leading the chase, as Liverpool have been concluding a deal for Naby Keita, while Chelsea have prioritised Danny Drinkwater of Leicester.
"But his links to Klopp, having spent two years at Dortmund as a youth, means Liverpool is an option.
"There's a long way to go before any deal is done but there's a genuine chance he could sign in the next couple of days to bolster the Reds' midfield choices.
"Bournemouth could offer first team football, invaluable in a World Cup year for a player on the fringes of the German national team, but who was a part of the successful Confederations Cup squad.
"Don't be surprised if he's a late mover."
Source: Daily Express
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