Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has confirmed Liverpool are poised to complete the signing of 16-year-old Kaide Gordon.
The talented midfielder became the fourth-youngest player inDerby County
’s history when he made his debut in the Rams’ 4-0 Championship overBirmingham
City in December.
initially signed as a scholar and would become eligible for a professional contract when he turns 17 in October.
Asked if Gordon was on his way out of Derby,
: “It looks that way. Kaide is a fantastic player. I brought him into the squad because he was showing the qualities I want.
“We offered him a deal which he didn’t take. As always when a player doesn’t sign up, if any of the big clubs in the Premier League come in, it is very difficult to deny the player that opportunity.
“There has been an offer for Kaide [from Derby] since before I have been in this role. He hasn’t signed it for whatever reason. Liverpool have become aware of that and stepped in.
“Once a team like Liverpool come in for one of your players it is hard to turn that down.
“For his development, of course I would have liked him to stay at the club, but I understand once the champions of England come in and want to sign you, it is difficult to turn it down.”