Liverpool have had a bid accepted for Sam Campbell but Motherwell are hopeful of keeping the in-demand young defender, Football Insider has learned.
The 16-year-old had a trial and transfer talks at the Premier League champions’ Melwood headquarters last month after being granted permission to head south of the border.
In a surprise twist, Motherwell have offered a new three-year contract to Campbell, regarded as one of the brightest talents in Scotland, and have real hope he will sign it.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Liverpool and the teenager’s other two main suitors Leeds United and Brighton face the prospect of losing out on him.
It would be regarded as quite a coup for the Scottish Premiership outfit to keep hold of the youngster and fend off three English big hitters.
Football Insider has been told that Motherwell have accepted bids from each of Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton for Campbell.
He was given the green light to hold discussions with his suitors this autumn and has spent time playing with their age-group sides.
But the new twist in the wonderkid’s future means he may now be staying in Scotland rather than securing a glamour move to England as had been accepted.
Scottish teams are able to offer professional deals at 16, a year younger than they are in England.
Campbell, who joined Motherwell in December 2018, is yet to make his first-team debut but has impressed for their youth teams and is so precocious he was playing for their Under-18s when he was just 14.
Liverpool have been forced to use rookie defenders Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams at centre-back in recent matches due to an injury crisis that has deprived them of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Fabinho.