Skysports.com can confirm Liverpool have made a move to sign French striker Loic Remy from under the noses of West Ham and Tottenham.
New Reds boss Roy Hodgson has entered the race for the Nice ace and is hoping to beat his Premier League rivals to the forward's signature.
Remy is regarded as one of the best young strikers in Europe after impressing at Nice over the last few seasons.
The 23-year-old, who has been likened to Thierry Henry, scored 16 goals for Nice last season and has broken into the France national team.
West Ham had been leading the chase for Remy after making a couple of sizeable offers for the striker, but they were unable to agree a fee with Nice.
However, they could now lose out on Remy with Liverpool firming up their interest in the player with a bid.
Liverpool's technical director Eduardo Macia is believed to have been tracking Remy for five years and he has recommended Hodgson make a move for the pacy hit-man.
The Reds are in need of a new striker as they look to bolster their attacking options ahead of the Europa League deadline with Fernando Torres currently on the sidelines, leaving David Ngog as the only available forward for the start of the club's European campaign.
Liverpool's financial director Philip Nash is believed to have raised the funds to enable the club to make their move as they look to win the race for the in-demand Frenchman.
Remy's agent, Frederic Guerra, has admitted he has spoken to Liverpool about a possible move and that Remy would be keen on a switch to Anfield.
"Yes, Liverpool are interested in Loic and Loic is interested in Liverpool," Guerra told skysports.com.
"There has also been interest from West Ham and Tottenham and it is now up to Nice.
"Loic has always said he is keen to play in England and Liverpool are a massive club.
"I believe if Loic comes to England he will be a massive success.
"He is like Thierry Henry, but I believe if he comes to England he could be even better than Henry.
"He is a sensational player, he is very strong, very quick and two-footed. He is the complete player and Liverpool would love him."