Liverpool prepared to trigger £17.5m buy-out clause of Eredivisie prospect

Liverpool and Manchester United lead a queue of clubs looking to land in-demand PSV Eindhoven forward Steven Bergwijn in January, according to reports.

Italian website Calciomercato.com suggested on Sunday evening that the 20-year-old ace was the subject of January interest from Inter Milan, Sevilla and Bayer Leverkusen.

However, a Spanish newspaper Sport has taken the report on a step further by claiming both Liverpool and Manchester United had already contacted the Eredivisie side to confirm their intentions to meet his €20 million (£17.5 million) exit clause in his contract.

The Netherlands U21 international has been in fine form this campaign, having scored five times and picking up two assists in his 12 appearances thus far and has also impressed in both the club’s two UCL matches to date this term.

PSV, who tempted the youngster from Ajax’s youth academy in 2011, want to tie ace down to a new deal, but it looks like increasingly likely that Steven could be enticed away when the transfer market reopens in just 85 days time.

Another Premier League heavyweights Tottenham Hotspur are also reported to be interested in securing the signature of Steven Bergwijn.