Liverpool have taken ‘decisive steps’ in their pursuit of Lille striker Victor Osimhen, who was closing in on a move to Napoli.

The forward has been in red-hot form for the French side this season, and that has sparked interest in him around Europe.

It had looked like Napoli had won the race earlier this week with reports stating that Osimhen had instructed his agent to close negotiations with the likes of Liverpool as he closed in on Naples.

However, there appears to have been a complete 180-degree turn today, with reports in Italy claiming Liverpool had been in contact again about a potential move.

RAI Sport journalist Ciro Venerato added to these rumours, stating that Liverpool were still in the race for the forward’s signature and were actually ‘in the lead’ for his signature.

He has now followed up those comments and added further hope for any Reds fans who want to see the Nigerian lining up at Anfield next season.

“New and perhaps decisive steps forward in Liverpool’s purchase of Osimhen,” he told Calcio Napoli 24.

“His new agent seems to have left little margin for the Blue management after a telephone talk.

“There are signs of cosmic pessimism mixed with resignation coming from Castel Volturno. After Pépé, Osimhen seems to have vanished too.

“The change of agent has proven decisive. But we mustn’t forget the past. The boy had long had doubts about his destination. He dreamt of the Premier League.

“Naples was his alternative choice in the absence of concrete offers. Now that Klopp has officially asked for him, it’s all over.

“The appeal of the European champions, the Reds is too strong, money aside. There’s not only economic reasons for Oshimen. The Premier League is the dream of all Nigerian boys.”