Reds and Saints are both keen to lure Kenyan south of the border this summer.
Southampton are set to go head to head with Liverpool in the race to land highly-rated Celtic utility player Victor Wanyama at the end of the season, says the Daily Mirror.
The in-demand Kenya international, who can operate in either central midfield or at the heart of the back four, is currently enjoying a wonderful campaign with the newly-crowned Scottish Premier League champions, in particular shining in the Glasgow giant’s surprise run all the way through to the knockout phase of the Uefa Champions League.
Wanyama, 21, has a contract at Celtic Park that lasts until the summer of 2015, although it is understood that the club will be prepared to let the player leave early when the transfer window reopens for business on 1 June.
And Wanyama, who has played in 60 matches for Celtic since arriving in the east end of Glasgow for just £900,000 from Belgium outfit Beerschot AC two years ago, is not expected to cost much more than £10 million when he goes on sale this summer.