Liverpool are reportedly interested in Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry.
According to Sunday’s print edition of the Daily Express, the Premier League giants have been monitoring the 21-year-old in recent weeks.
The report claims Jurgen Klopp’s side have sent scouts to watch Middlesbrough as many as six times recently.
And the England Under-21 international, who has been filling in more recently at right-back, has caught their eye.
His steady performances in an unfamiliar position have lead to praise from fans, teammates and his manager Tony Pulis, who believes he has the capability to become as good as he wants.
“The big thing with Dael is that he has to believe in himself,” he said. “You watch him train, and he can play anywhere.
“He’s a top, top player, and playing right-back won’t do him any harm at the moment.
“I don’t see him as a right-back, but four or five of his crosses (against Wigan) were absolute top drawer, and then when he’s called upon to defend, he does the job.”
Stewart Downing was also singing the praises of Fry this week, stating that Berwick Hills battler can become a ‘top, top player’.
“He’s a really good footballer,” said Downing.
“He reads the game well, he is comfortable in possession, he’s strong, he can pass it. He can play anywhere. He could probably play in midfield if he was asked to. He did that in pre-season and didn’t look out of place.
“And you can see he is a good full-back too. He’s good on the ball, he carries it forward well and I think he probably surprised himself with some of his crosses.”