COMMENT By Richard Parks
Liverpool have pulled off a masterstroke by winning the reported race for Manchester City forward Bobby Duncan.
The Sun claim the Merseyside giants are closing in on the capture of the England Under-17 international and that the deal will be done next month.
It is said that Huyton-born Duncan, who is also the cousin of club legend Steven Gerrard, will end his contract dispute with City to make the short journey to Anfield when he turns 17 in June.
What a coup for the Merseysiders.
Duncan is widely considered to be one of the outstanding players of his age in the country and already has a portfolio of goals that demands attention.
The teenager became the first England player to score a hat-trick against Brazil at any level last summer and his record at age-group level is seriously impressive.
Duncan was the standout performer on Sunday for the England Under-17s, scoring the opener with a header and assisting for the second, as they won 2-0 against Norway to reach the European Championships semi-finals.
His performance in the prestigious youth tournament – Duncan will lead the line in Thursday’s last four clash against Holland -should have every Reds fan excited.
Liverpool have demonstrated under Jurgen Klopp they are willing to hand opportunities to brilliant young talent, with Trent Alexander-Arnold the shining example of what can be achieved through trusting in home-grown youth.
With the likes of Rhian Brewster and Ben Woodburn also makes waves for club and country at age-group level, there promises to be a production line of unpolished gems in the coming years.
Duncan is an exciting young attacker, who can play in a variety of positions, including centre-forward and the wide attacking position.
He has spent the last six years at the mightily impressive City academy but his progress has stalled in recent months due to an extended contract dispute and he has been training with League One Wigan ahead of his anticipated move to Liverpool.
The Sun report that Liverpool are set to pay a compensation fee to their Premier League rivals and the newly-crowned champions of £200,000.
It could prove to be a brilliant bargain for the Champions League semi-finalists.
In other Liverpool news, the club table a mega offer for 45-a-season goal machine, he will certainly now be at Anfield in 18/19.