By Alex Stevens
Liverpool have clinched the signing of teenage defender Diego Lattie after he was released by Manchester City, according to a report.
The Stockport-born teenager had been on City’s books since the age of nine but he wasn’t offered a scholarship deal by the club.
The Liverpool Echo report that Lattie 16, has chose Liverpool ahead of a string other Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Everton, Norwich, Stoke, Sunderland and Aston Villa.
The youngster, who is a boyhood Liverpool fan, is said to have signed a three-year deal and will join the club’s Kirkby Academy.
With Manchester City having agreed to release him, Lattie has already started training with the Reds’ Under-16s squad and will make the step up to Neil Critchley’s Under-18s squad in pre-season.
It is reported that Liverpool have been closely monitoring the right-back in recent after being impressed by his performances against them in age-group matches.
The Academy staff moved quickly after it became clear he could be snapped up without the club having to pay a compensation fee.
Lattie is an England Under-17s international, who made his debut at that level against Italy last August and has accumulated four caps in that age group.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club hope to agree a striker deal within 48 hours.