The Mirror claims Liverpool are leading the race to sign talented 17-year-old star Patrick Roberts from Fulham.
Roberts has been tracked and scouted by several big Premier League sides, but the Mirror’s report suggests it’s Brendan Rodgers’ club who are in pole position to do a deal.
However, there appears to be one condition.
“The Merseysiders are stepping up their efforts to win the race for the England youth international winger,” reports the Mirror.
“Fulham are desperate to keep Roberts, who still has two years left on his current deal.”
“But they would be willing to sanction a move if Roberts heads straight back to Craven Cottage on loan.”
Liverpool have one of the best youth systems in the country and they have a healthy habit of investing in good, young players with Rodgers keen to create a sustainable supply line for his first team.
It’s also quite a common tactic from big clubs to snap up players before giving them straight back to the selling clubs on loan deals.
It creates the idea of a win-win situation for all parties.
The selling club gets a big sum of cash and gets to keep the player while the buying club gets to see the player continue to develop in an environment where they feel comfortable.
It seems like a good potential deal all around if Liverpool can get to him before any other club can make him a big offer.