By Emma Sanders
Manchester City are under investigation for the signing of 15-year-old goalkeeper Louie Moulden from Liverpool, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim the youngster’s transfer has yet to be clarified by Premier League officials because there are concerns over the conduct in which he was signed.
The Blues could face a £25,000 charge on the matter and it could be referred to an independent commission should Manchester City be found guilty of not following the correct procedures.
The Premier League currently have a five step process between clubs with a category one academy and there must be “sound footballing reasons” for a young player to make a switch to another academy.
Moulden is believed to have been brought to Manchester City in July but the transfer has yet to be formally announced by either club as the investigation is still on-going.
The youngster is considered to be hugely talented and the report claims Liverpool were “unhappy” they lost Moulden to City last summer.
The goalkeeper was pictured wearing his Liverpool training kit and holding a youth trophy on Twitter after it was revealed he had signed for Manchester City.
Moulden was believed to be one of the most highly-rated keepers at the Liverpool academy in Kirby but, whatever the outcome of the investigation, he will continue to learn his trade at City’s state-of-the-art academy facilities.
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