Five facts on reported Liverpool and Southampton target Gianluca Scamacca

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Liverpool and Southampton are reportedly keen on signing AS Roma youngster Gianluca Scamacca.

The young striker is being courted by the Premier League sides, as well as PSV Eindhoven, and are said to be looking to offer him a senior contract when he turns 16-years-old at the turn of the year.

As reported by the Standard, the 15-year-old forward is considered hot property in Europe, but Roma look unable to match the wage packets offered by their England-based rivals, and he could well be making the switch to the Premier League come 2015.

However, little is known of the youngster, and so here are five facts to whet your appetite.

1) Compared to Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Scamacca is a tall and powerful striker despite his young age, and already stands at 1.93m, as per transfermrkt. He is renowned for his confident finishing, and his record of 34 goals in 30 games for Roma’s youth sides is impressive.

2) An Italian youth international, he scored three goals in five games at Under-16 level, before making the step up to Under-17 earlier this year, scoring two goals and registering one assist in nine games - despite being two-years younger than some of his opponents.

3) Being just 15-years-old, he is regard as a youth player by the Giallorossi, and this prevents them from offering him a senior contract. However, they intend to tie him down for three-years when he turns 16, but their offer is said to be dwarfed by those presented by Liverpool and Southampton.

4) Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven are also interested, and the Daily Mail has reported that Scamacca spent time at their training ground recently - with the club confident they are leading the race for his signature.

5) It remains to be seen whether Scamacca can adapt his game as he grows, with much of his style based around holding off players smaller than him, but an adept ability on the ball - along with a good free-kick taking ability - suggests that his promise could turn him into a great player.

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