Liverpool and Newcastle battle for teenager dubbed the next Andy Carroll - report
By Danny Wright
Liverpool and Newcastle are locked in a race to land non-league striker Connor Simpson, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed in their live transfer blog on Sunday [04:28am] that the two Premier League sides were eager to raid Hartlepool for their promising forward, who has been dubbed as the next Andy Carroll.
It is understood that Simpson, 17, is yet to sign a professional contract with recently-relegated Hartlepool, despite already earning two senior appearances for the club.
The teenage striker made his debut against Cheltenham in April when he came off the bench in the 80th minute before featuring again in a 2-1 win over Doncaster ahead of the club’s relegation to the National League, where he is yet to make an appearance.
The Mirror reports that Simpson shows a lot of similar qualities to West Ham forward Carroll in his style of play.
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The England international began his career at Newcastle before he signed for Liverpool in 2011 for what is still a club record fee of £35million.
Football Insider Verdict
It will be interesting to see which club Simpson opts to join. He is already based near to Newcastle as he is already in the north-east with Hartlepool, however Benitez has shown no signs of giving any of his younger players a chance in the first-team as of late. Players like Adam Armstrong and Ivan Toney find themselves being constantly shipped out on loan rather than been trusted to play in the first-team and that could be a big deciding factor for Simpson. At Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp is a manager that loves to work with youth. He wants to bring through young English talent and although is would be moving far away from home, that could be the best move for Simpson.