Dalglish joins race for "new Walcott"
Published 23:00 11/01/11 By David Maddock
Liverpool will rival Arsenal for £10million Southampton wonderkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The exciting 17-year-old has been dubbed the new Theo Walcott, another former Saint, and is already being tipped as an England star of the future.
Arsenal - along with Everton and Fulham - have had the teenager on their radar for months, even though Saints boss Nigel Adkins has insisted he’s not for sale.
Now Liverpool have joined the race, with their new owners ready to stump up the cash in an attempt to make their backing for caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish clear.
Reds director of football strategy Damien Comolli has identified the brilliant young forward as the perfect target under his club’s new philosophy of finding raw talent and moulding it.
However, they will have to stump up a huge fee to beat Arsenal to Oxlade-Chamberlain, the son of former Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and England winger Mark Chamberlain.
The winger - who scored in last night's victory over Oldham - has been at Southampton since the age of seven, and after snatching seven goals in just 17 starts, he is rated by club staff as possessing greater potential than Walcott had at the same age.
Walcott moved from Southampton to Arsenal on his 17th birthday, after just 21 senior appearances.