Liverpool are battling a number of clubs across Europe for the signature of teenage striker Silas Wamangituka this summer.

The 19-year-old has broken into the team at Paris FC this season, scoring eight goals in Ligue 2 and catching the eye of teams in England, Italy and Spain.

The Reds have been scouting the rangy forward, but as have Barcelona, Newcastle and Fiorentina, all of whom are interested in making a move in the close season, reports Get French Football News.

Paris FC assistant manager Stéphane Gilli confirmed that Liverpool and Barca had been scouting the new sensation, but also that the club would like to hang onto one of their prized assets.

"Obviously it is the director of football who will be managing that situation, but clearly we would like to keep hold of him," said Gilli.

"It is true that there are a lot of scouts at the stadium every week, those clubs included, and many others.

"It is up to the club, the player and his agent to make the right choices. We want him to stay, but there is always that financial aspect, and he is a player who has a massive potential.

"He is a great lad who works hard though, and all this interest around him has not changed him. His mindset and behaviour have been very good."

Wamangituka was born and raised in Kinshasa, DR Congo and moved to France two years ago at the age of 17.

He signed for Ales and moved to Paris FC after one season, making his professional debut in August last year.

Source: Metro

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