Fulham youngster Harvey Elliott is set to join Liverpool this summer, according to reports.
The 16-year-old cannot sign a professional contract until he turns 17 next April and rejected the chance to take up a scholarship at Fulham.
German side RB Leipzig and European giants Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain have been courting Elliott, but the Telegraph claim Liverpool have won the race for the highly-rated Englishman.
Liverpool will have to pay Fulham a large compensation fee for poaching Elliott, who is the youngest player ever to appear in the Premier League after coming on as a substitute against Wolves last season at the age of 16 years and 30 days.
The midfielder is the latest in a long line of impressive youngsters to come out of Fulham’s academy, with Ryan Sessegnon, Patrick Roberts and Moussa Dembele all graduating from the club’s youth ranks.
Elliott will become Liverpool’s second signing of the summer after the Reds added talented Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg to their ranks.
Van Den Berg linked up with his new team-mates for pre-season, but like Elliott, will work his way through Liverpool’s academy squads before stepping up to the first-team.
Jurgen Klopp has an excellent reputation for developing young talent, with former youth stars Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold now regulars in first-team.
Liverpool are not expected to have a busy summer window, as Klopp targets consolidating his squad rather than making any major changes. Klopp and his players not involved with their international sides reported for pre-season last week.
Liverpool play their first pre-season game this Thursday against Tranmere Rovers before taking on Bradford City this weekend.
The Reds will then travel to America for their pre-season, with the likes of Copa America winners Roberto Firmino and Alisson and Africa Cup of Nations participants Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah set to link up with the squad after extended holidays.