Liverpool are reportedly close to sealing a deal to sign young Derby County attacking midfielder Kiade Gordon for a fee that could rise to £3m.

According to The Telegraph’s John Percy, the contract has not yet been signed by Gordon but is on the way following Liverpool’s agreement with Derby over a fee of £1m potentially rising to £3m with add-ons.

The report claims that Gordon is seen as one of the best players in the country for his age, with the 16-year-old having already made his first-team debut for Derby.

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Hopefully, this deal can work out similarly to that of Harvey Elliott’s move to the club from Fulham. Elliott joined Liverpool at the same age, 16, and is now enjoying a successful loan spell in the Championship with Blackburn, with four goals and eight assists in the league this season despite only being 17.

If Liverpool do seal this transfer for Gordon then they could look to handle him in a similar way to Elliott. Gordon could spend the second half of this season in Liverpool’s youth set-up to help him acclimatise to life in Liverpool and meet the staff at the club, before then going out on loan next season. That could give Liverpool’s staff the best chance to analyse where he is at in his development so that they have a better idea of the level they would need to send him out on loan to.

It could even work out that Liverpool can send Gordon on loan to Blackburn as a replacement for Elliott if Jurgen Klopp decides in the summer that Elliott is a first-team option at Anfield or deserves a Premier League loan. Although, Liverpool need to get this deal over the line to start with and then they can start plotting his potential path to the first-team.

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