Liverpool preparing bid to sign 17-year-old wonderkid winger - report


Reports today suggest that Liverpool are set to make a move to sign Fulham wonderkid Patrick Roberts.

The Reds kicked off their season with a 2-1 win over Southampton, with England international duo Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge once again proving too much for Premier League defences to handle. It was a great way to start the new campaign after a busy summer which saw Liverpool lose striker Luis Suarez, but bring in the likes of Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert.

Even now though, manager Brendan Rodgers is still looking to bring in new talent ahead of the transfer deadline. The club's commitment to youth has already been seen with the arrivals of Javi Manquillo and Markovic, whilst a deal for Lille's Divock Origi was also completed, with the Belgian heading back to the Ligue 1 outfit on a season-long loan deal.

That situation could be repeated after reports broke today that the Reds are eyeing up a move to sign Fulham winger Patrick Roberts, before loaning the 17-year-old back to Craven Cottage to continue his development in the Championship under Felix Magath - who has already described the former AFC Wimbledon prodigy as "an exceptional talent".

Roberts is a regular for England's youth teams, racking up eight goals in 24 appearances over his time with England Under 17's and 18's, and is widely tipped to be one of England's stars of the future, with Manchester United also believed to be watching his progress.

Having started all of Fulham's games in the Championship so far, Roberts is gaining valuable experience in the second tier - something which Liverpool are keen to continue if they manage to secure a deal with the Cottagers in the coming weeks, with a £15m fee reportedly on the wonderkid's head.

With Belgian youngster Zakaria Bakkali previously lined up for a move from PSV Eindhoven, it seems clear that Rodgers is determined to snap up a young winger - and he may well be hoping that Roberts is that player.

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