Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with a move for Derby County youngster Kaide Gordon, who is making waves after becoming the fourth-youngest player in the club’s history this season.
The 16-year-old has been talked up as one of the best of his age group in the country, and is one of the top prospect in a Derby academy that is teeming with talent. He is already a regular for the club’s under-18 side, and made it off the bench for the first-team when they beat Birmingham City last month.
The attacking midfielder only turned 16 in October, but according to Sky Sports’ Rob Dorset, the club are already bracing for his departure, which could come before the January window closes, with Liverpool and United ‘closely monitoring’ his development.
Dorset keeps the potential fee close to his chest, noting only that Derby expect a ‘seven-figure sum’, but the Derby Telegraph give a little more, saying they expect ‘multiple millions’ if he is to leave now.
Derby can’t demand a transfer fee for Gordon, since he is unable to sign a professional contract until the summer at the earliest, but they can hold out for a compensation package that should be significant considering he has already played for the senior side .
Speaking earlier this week, new Derby manager Wayne Rooney gave some insight into Gordon’s future as he waxed lyrical about the teenager.
“Kaide is a fantastic player and he has got a lot of potential,” Rooney told reporters. “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. We can only control what we are doing at this football club, we can’t control if other teams make bids for our players.”