Liverpool have completed the signing of coveted teenager Kaide Gordon after agreeing to undisclosed compensation costs with Derby County.
The 16-year-old had been tipped to move to Anfield at the end of January, when he was also previously linked with Manchester United.
After weeks of negotiations, a deal for Gordon, who made his professional Derby debut in the final stages of a 4-0 win at Birmingham City in December, is now in place and he is expected to join the Reds’ Under -18 setup for the remainder of the season.
Derby confirmed the move in a short statement on their official website, while Gordon took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the club for the role he has played in its development to date.
“I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone in Derby County and their academy who have helped me on my journey so far,” Gordon wrote. “I wouldn’t be where I am without all the coaches and medical staff out there. Good luck at the club in the future. ”
Ahead of the January transfer deadline, Derby boss Wayne Rooney – who recently retired to take on the full-time role – admitted (via The Independent) that “once a team like Liverpool shows up for one of your players, it’s hard to refuse that.
“For his development of course, I would have liked him to stay at the club. But I understand that once the English champions come in and want to sign you it’s hard to say no.
As for what Liverpool can expect from Gordon, he is a straight forward striker who has already proven himself to be more than just a scorer academically. A versatile player who can play anywhere in the top three, he has represented England at the Under-16 level before and is known to favor the right flank before cutting inside on his dominant left foot.
He flourished in that role in particular, but also shone playing left and middle – and has pace to burn in conjunction with some pretty nifty close control.