Skysports.com can confirm that Sunderland have rebuffed an approach from Liverpool for midfielder Jordan Henderson.
Manchester United and Manchester City had both been keeping close tabs on the England international.
But Liverpool have suddenly made a surprise move for the talented young midfielder, who can play out wide or in the middle.
Kenny Dalglish is clearly looking to invest heavily this summer and Henderson has emerged as one of his top targets.
It is understood the Anfield outfit's initial interest would have seen them willing to pay £13million, but Sunderland have rebuffed their advances.
The Wearside outfit, though, may be willing to do business at a much bigger price - £20milllion plus - as they have their own midfield targets.
Skysports.com understands one of those is Manchester United's Darron Gibson, and Steve Bruce is ready to approach his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson over his availability and also that of defender Wes Brown.