EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Liverpool have lodged an offer for Nottingham Forest rising star Matthew Bondswell in a bid to win the race for his signature, Football Insider sources have learned.
The Merseyside giants are battling with RB Leipzig and fellow Premier League big guns, including Manchester United, for the left-back, who is regarded among the outstanding crop of emerging English talents.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that Liverpool are “very keen” to land Bondswell, 16, and sign him for a bargain fee.
A contract offer has been tabled to the youngster as Liverpool look to sign another eyecatching youth following recent deals for Bobby Duncan, who joined from Manchester City, and Isaac Christie-Davies, who signed after running down his Chelsea contract.
Forest have offered Bondswell a scholarship contract but that is unlikely to be enough to keep him at the City Ground.
Liverpool are willing to pay the training compensation to Forest needed to complete the deal, but the minimal six-figure fee will be nothing compared to his potential worth in the future if he keeps progressing.
Liverpool’s first choice left-back is Andy Robertson, who made a huge impact after taking over from the error-prone Alberto Moreno at the turn of last year.
James Milner was used on the left side of defence the previous season, but manager Jurgen Klopp played him almost exclusively in central midfield in 2017-18.
In other Liverpool news, a transfer hijack involving the Merseyside giants by the champions has FAILED.