Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Derby County youngster Kaide Gordon which has also sparked interest from Manchester United.
The 16-year-old forward recently became the fourth youngest player in Derby history when Wayne Rooney made his senior debut in December’s 4-0 win over Birmingham City, which earned him the interest of several high level teams.
It was Liverpool and United who were set to go head-to-head for Gordon’s signing, and according to The Telegraph, it is Jurgen Klopp’s Reds who are set to win the race for the 16-year-old.
Liverpool are set to pay more than £ 1million for Gordon, and John Percy notes the deal could end up being worth closer to the £ 3million mark if done.
Gordon, who is considered by Boy Scouts to be one of the brightest talents in his age group in England, has yet to put his pen to paper on a deal, but things are heading in the right direction and a agreement is about to be finalized.
Derby’s negotiating position has been severely weakened by the club’s dire financial situation. The proposed takeover of Derventio Holdings has been delayed, leaving the Rams unable to pay players their full salary starting in December.
Their need for money has left Derby groomed for offers for a number of its top young players, and Gordon, whom Rooney admitted to be a “fantastic” player, sits at the top of that list.
If the 16-year-old seals his move to Anfield as planned, he will join the Liverpool academy squad, although Jurgen Klopp has always proven he is willing to play young if he feels the time is right. came.
One of Liverpool’s concerns is that the deal comes at a time when the Reds are calling for reinforcements for the senior squad – something Klopp has repeatedly stressed is out of his hands.
Sunday’s 3-2 loss to United in the FA Cup fourth round only intensified the spotlight on Liverpool’s injured defense, but the Reds are still not expected to look for a new defender until the end of the month.
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