According to the Daily Mail, Derby County will look to loan highly-rated England under-19 international Joe Gomez from Liverpool once he completes his £3.5million move from Charlton Athletic, which is expected to be concluded on Friday.
The report states that Charlton will also look to sign the player on loan from Liverpool for next season. However, since the Reds triggered a clause in his contract, the Addicks may be powerless to implement such a deal.
Nevertheless, the report adds Brendan Rodgers will initially take the player on the pre-season tour which starts in Australia next month to give him a chance to break into the first team squad for next season.
If he then decides to send the player out on loan, Derby could be one of his more favoured destinations following the success stories of Andre Wisdom and Jordon Ibe.
Would Gomez be a good signing for Derby?
Paul Clement is an exceptional coach with an extensive background of coaching youth players to become world class athletes. In the eyes of Rodgers, he would be an ideal boss to take on Gomez for next season.
The Rams, who have already made four signings this summer in Andreas Weimann, Alex Pearce, Darren Bent and Scott Carson, have shown they are keen to strengthen their squad this summer but may need to see defenders leave before they have room to bring more in.
Derby have Raul Albentosa, Richard Keogh, Jake Buxton, Ryan Shotton, Alex Pearce, Farrend Rawson and Jamie Hanson in the squad who can all play in central defence and have also been linked by the Daily Mail to former captain Jason Shackell.
Although Gomez is an undoubted talent, Clement may need to assess the squad he has in place before taking on the 18-year-old in the best interest of the youngster’s development.