Derby County have opened talks to sign former Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan from Fiorentina, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Rams are hoping to bring the 19-year-old back to England after he left Anfield in controversial circumstances 12 months ago.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the forward has visited Derby’s training ground ahead of a potential move to the club.
It is understood that he was shown around Moor Farm as the Championship club look to add the striker to their ranks before the 5 October transfer deadline.
Duncan was a highly regarded talent at Kirkby, Liverpool’s academy, but left the club 12 months ago after his agent Saif Rubie accused the Reds of bullying his client.
The striker moved to Fiorentina in a £1.8million deal in the hope that he would become a part of the first team set up at the Serie A club.
However, that has so far failed to materialise and he could now be set for his second major move in just a year.
Duncan has been on the fringes at Fiorentina and has yet to make his senior debut for the club.
He spent his debut campaign playing for the Italian club’s ‘B’ side and made 12 appearances, which yielded four goals.
Duncan, who quit Man City in his mid-teens to join Liverpool, has an excellent record for club and country in youth football back in his homeland and has been capped by England at Under-19 level.