By Alex Stevens
Jordan Rossiter has agreed to join Rangers from Liverpool this summer, according to a report.
The 19-year-old Academy graduate is set to move to Ibrox after the Scottish giants contacted the Merseysiders on Friday afternoon to inform them they plan to officially approach the midfielder.
According to the Liverpool Echo, talks will take place over the coming days to formalise the deal and Rossiter has made up his mind to move north of the border and play in the Scottish Premiership next season.
Rossiter is out of contract at the end of the season and Liverpool would have taken it to a tribunal if Rossiter had wanted to sign for another English club but under FIFA rules he can join a club outside of England for just £250,000.
Rangers’ head of recruitment Frank McParland, the former Liverpool Academy director, is a big admirer of the tough-tackling midfielder and provided a glowing endorsement to manager Mark Warburton.
The England Under-19s international has been forced to weigh up his options in recent months with no new contract on the table.
The Reds did belatedly offer him an extension but that was largely to ensure that they would be able to claim a compensation fee if he left. Clearly not in Jurgen Klopp’s plans for next season, Rossiter decided it was time to move on.
Rossiter joined the Liverpool Academy at the age of six and grew up in Everton Valley.
Rangers, who will be back in the Scottish Premiership next season, will be able to offer Rossiter the first-team football which eluded him at Liverpool.
The teenager has had an injury-plagued campaign and has not featured for the Reds since he pulled his hamstring against FC Sion in the Europa League in December. That was the only appearance he made under Klopp.
Rossiter had long since been touted as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the Kirkby Academy prior to Brendan Rodgers handing him his debut in a League Cup tie against Middlesbrough at Anfield in September 2014.
Just 17 at the time, he grasped the chance with both hands as he became the second youngest goal scorer in the club’s history.
A Premier League bow followed against Arsenal back in August and there were starts against Bordeaux and FC Sion in the Europa League.
However, with injuries hampering his progress he struggled to force his way into Klopp’s plans and the away game against Sion proved to be his fifth and final first-team outing.
In other Rangers news, one of the team’s emerging stars could be playing in the Premier League next season.