Liverpool are in pole position to sign Everton target Sam Byram after he refused to extend his contract with Leeds United, Daily Star reports.
The 22-year-old will see his existing deal with the Championship club expire at the end of the current campaign.
His side could now be looking to cash in on his services during the upcoming January window in their efforts to avoid losing him on a free transfer in the summer.
The right-back is expected to cost around the £5million region, with Premier League side Sunderland also said to be monitoring his situation ahead of a potential move for his services.
Leeds boss Steve Evans is still hoping Byram agrees to the terms of a new deal, but with interest from a host of top clubs, he is likely to lose his star player.
“It will be up to the football club of course as to whether they could agree something with another club to do that,” he said.
“But I’m still an optimist, I always have been an optimist in my life and I’m hopeful that Sam will want to stay at Leeds United.”
The defender has registered 13 starts and a further six substitute appearances this term, so far managing to score three goals in the process.