By Wayne Veysey and Pete O’Rourke
Liverpool director of football Michael Edwards is negotiating the sale of Bobby Duncan after Fiorentina submitted a buy-to-loan offer worth more than £1million, Football Insider can reveal.
The striker, 18, is wanted by the Serie A big hitters as they try to secure a deal before the transfer window in Italy shuts next Monday.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the bid from Fiorentina is a made up of an initial loan with a £1million-plus obligation at the end of the season.
Football Insider revealed earlier today that Duncan has been left out of the Liverpool Under-23s squad for their clash with Southampton tonight amid talks over joining Fiorentina.
The rising star, who is the cousin of Anfield icon Steven Gerrard, joined Liverpool for a bargain fee of £200,000 last summer after running down his contract at Manchester City.
He made a big impact for the club’s Under-18s last season, forming a potent partnership with Paul Glatzel as he netted 23 times in 26 appearances.
Duncan has subsequently been promoted to the Under-23s and would have been in the squad for the Premier League 2 clash at Southampton tonight were he not in talks to join Fiorentina.
The teenager has a glittering track record at age-group level for club and country, and has suitors beating a path to Liverpool’s youth-team games to see him in action.
He became the first England player to score a hat-trick against Brazil at any level two summers ago when he ran amok in an England Under-16 international.
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