Manchester United are threatening Liverpool plans for Southampton whizkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Daily Mail says Liverpool are ready to step up their bid Oxlade-Chamberlain after United joined the race to sign him.

Liverpool's director of football strategy Damien Comolli watched the 17-year-old score against Oldham last night in the Saints' 6-0 drubbing at Boundary Park - but was joined in the stands by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Southampton rate Chamberlain in the £10million bracket and Liverpool have watched him extensively over recent weeks.

Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal have also expressed interest.

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