Liverpool are reportedly closing in on the landing of 16-year-old Derby County midfielder Kaide Gordon, who has also attracted the interest of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Negotiations are ongoing between the Premier League giants and the teenager and the Reds appear to be in pole position to seal a deal.
Gordon has already made his first-team debut for Derby, coming on as a substitute in the EFL Championship in December and Kaide has earned high praise from head coach Wayne Rooney.
‘Kaide is a fantastic player and he has got a lot of potential,’ said the English manager. ‘He has come through the academy. He is 16, he has got a lot of development to do and he is definitely at the right place to do that.
‘Of course there will be interest in Kaide because he is a fantastic player, so we expect there to be interest in him. ‘We can control what we are doing at this football club, but we can’t control if other teams make bids for our players.’
The Liverpool Echo claims that, while Gordon cannot pen a professional deal at Anfield until later this year, the Reds expect to agree a move worth around £1 million, although the sum could rise to around £3 million with add-ons.
He can play across the front line and as a playmaker and has been capped for England at Under-18 level.
Derby County have won their last two games in the EFL Championship but are still struggling in 21st in the league as Rooney looks to avoid relegation in his maiden season in management.