Report: Southampton and Liverpool paying close attention to Espanyol's Marc Roca

Football Soccer - Espanyol v Real MadridAlaves - Spanish La Liga Santander - Camp Nou stadium

Roca could be a potential bargain for Southampton or Liverpool.

Football Soccer - Espanyol v Real MadridAlaves - Spanish La Liga Santander - Camp Nou stadium

Premier League sides Southampton and Liverpool are paying close attention to teenage Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca, according to Marca (via Sport Witness).

Roca, 19, made his senior debut in Espanyol's second La Liga match of the season and has appeared in every game since.

As such, the Barcelona outfit are keen to reward Roca with a new contract, increasing the player's wages and, perhaps crucially, his buy-out clause - currently €1.5 million (£1.35 million).

Such a fee would be peanuts for clubs like Southampton and Liverpool, whose interest is sure to appeal to Roca.

Southampton are renowned for their ability to identify promising youngsters and turn them into stars, with Liverpool the beneficiaries in the cases of Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane - while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp promoted a number of academy products during his first year at Anfield.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action

That said, with regular first team football coming his way under Quique Sanchez Flores, Roca may favour staying with Espanyol.

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores

Roca's fellow Catalan Oriol Romeu is currently impressing in Southampton's midfield.

Southampton's Oriol Romeu shoots at goal

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