Liverpool have emerged as the most likely destination for Nice striker Loic Remy who had been expected to sign for West Ham United.
Reds boss Roy Hodgson is a big fan of the 23-year-old while Nice's chief executive, Patrick Governatori, has claimed that both Liverpool and Tottenham have made bids for the player.
Remy admitted:"I have never hidden my desire to play in England. It will be a choice between two clubs with big futures. I have a slight preference for a prestige club like Liverpool, even though Tottenham are also very, very interesting.
"Nothing has been decided. Wherever I play, I'll have to fight and work hard to win my place."
Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold, as well as vice-chairman Karren Brady, flew to the south of France on Wednesday in a an attempt to seal a £12million deal for the player but it now appears that Liverpool could hijack their plans.
Remy scored 11 league goals in his first season at Nice and found the net 14 times in 34 Ligue 1 appearances for the club last term.
Meanwhile, Emiliano Insua is set to join Fiorentina and Benfica are hoping to snap up Damien Plessis.