England U-21 international Will Hughes continues to be linked with a move to Anfield after the Reds failed to sign to Derby teenager in the summer.
The eighteen year old has been the subject of much interest lately from high profile clubs of late such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, but according to sources Brendan Rogers’ side are leading the race to get the Derby midfielders signature.
It has also been reported that Rogers has sent scouts to watch the eighteen year old play at an England under twenty international recently as the Reds are willing to pay up to £12million for the Derby sensation.
Derby had denied talk of a £10million bid for Hughes from Liverpool shortly before the summer transfer window closed, however Derby manager Steve McClaren relises it will be a tough task to keep Hughes at Pride Park stadium.
“Our job is to make sure he makes it,” McClaren stated.
“Eventually he will be too good. What we need behind that is players coming through to replace him.”
McClaren now hopes he will have the sufficient funds to purchase no up and coming stars as the risk increases of losing one of his star players.
“I don’t know my exact budget, but we need to excite the chairman and the fans,” he added.
“It is a great position financially and we don’t want to disturb that. We need to improve the team and the squad if we want to challenge for a play-off place.
“But that’s my job. I want to come to them with a good plan and hopefully they will back it.