Liverpool and Everton are both interested in signing Kyron Gordon from Sheffield United, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The 18-year-old is edging closer to making his first-team debut at Bramall Lane. He was an unused substitute for the FA Cup tie with Bristol Rovers this month.
But perhaps he may be offered the chance to leave before Chris Wilder hands him an opportunity.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, both the Reds and Toffees are monitoring the teenager. So perhaps they could both attempt to bring him to Merseyside at some stage in the future.
It remains to be seen if either plans to make a bid anytime soon. Of course, Liverpool have had some well-documented problems at centre-back this season.
Signing Gordon would not alleviate the concerns. But Jurgen Klopp has had to put some faith in his younger options with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez sidelined with long-term injuries.
By contrast, it has not been uncommon for Carlo Ancelotti to name a starting lineup that includes four centre-backs. Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey have made a fair few appearances at full-back this term.
The Toffees also have Jarrad Branthwaite out on loan at Blackburn. So there is plenty of competition in the pecking order at Goodison Park.
Of course, it is not an ideal time for Wilder to introduce a young player into the Blades’ first-team fold. But showing him the pathway is there may help should their Premier League rivals come calling.