Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Derby County youngster Kaide Gordon, who has also attracted interest from Manchester United.
The 16-year-old forward recently became the fourth-youngest player in Derby’s history when Wayne Rooney gave him his senior debut in December’s 4-0 win over Birmingham City, earning him interest from a number of top sides.
Liverpool are expected to pay in excess of £1m for Gordon, and John Percy notes that the deal could end up being worth closer to the £3m mark if it goes through.
Gordon, who is seen by scouts as one of the brightest talents of his age group in England, has not yet put pen to paper on a deal, but things are understood to be moving in the right direction and an agreement is close to completion.
Derby’s negotiation stance has been severely weakened by the club’s dire financial situation. The proposed takeover from Derventio Holdings has been delayed, leaving the Rams unable to pay players all of their wages from December.
Their need for money has left Derby braced for bids for a number of their top young players, and Gordon, whom Rooney confessed was a ‘fantastic’ player, sits towards the very top of that list.
Should the 16-year-old seal his move to Anfield as expected, he will join up with the academy side at Liverpool, although Jurgen Klopp has always proven to be willing to play youngsters if he feels the time is right.
One concern for Liverpool is that this deal comes at a time in which the Reds are crying out for reinforcements for the senior team – 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 injury-hit defence, but the Reds are still not expected to pursue a move for a new defender before the end of the month.