By Alex Stevens

Liverpool are close to agreeing terms with Bury “man mountain” defender Emeka Obi, according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo claim the Reds are on the verge of wrapping up a deal for the 15-year-old centre-back, who has already played for the first team of the League One club.

It is said that the teenager, who already stands at 6ft 5in, has been regularly scouted by the Merseysiders and he has impressed enough for them to be close to signing him.

The Echo report Obi would command a six-figure fee up front with Bury also negotiating a number of add-ons based on his future development.

The Nigerian-born youngster made his first-team debut for the Shakers in their Checkatrade Trophy clash with Morecambe in August.

Obi, who was on trial at Stoke City last summer, has earned rave reviews from Bury boss David Flitcroft.

“I think he’s the best talent right now at 15 years old in the entire country,” Flitcroft said back in August.

“He only came in the building two years ago and nothing fazes him. He’s been training with the first team and he’s going back to school next week.

“We’ve had him for five weeks, training with the first team, training with Ryan Kidd and he’s been playing with the under-18s.

“He’s just turned 15, he’s a man mountain, but we teach them how to play football and he’s going to be an unbelievable asset to the football club. He’s a kid that’s really switched on, I’ve watched him while he’s been on summer holidays and he’s been in every single day.”

Liverpool’s reported plan is for the strapping defender to start off at Liverpool’s Academy base with Neil Critchley’s under-18s squad.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have lined up a January swoop for a player who was only a medical away from signing in the summer.