Liverpool have bolstered their youth ranks further by sealing the signing of Manchester City prospect Bobby Duncan.
Duncan arrives following a stuttering year in his development having been left without a club after rejecting a new deal at the Etihad in 2017.
The 17-year-old was subject to interest from the Reds at the time of his City departure, but unable to sign due to the club’s transfer ban on acquiring players from other academies in the country.
He subsequently trained with Wigan Athletic’s first-team over the season in wait of the chance to seek his next move this summer.
Duncan has now signed a three-year professional contract with the club for a fee of around £200,000, reports the Times’ Paul Joyce.
It’s Been an Amazing 6 Years at Manchester City ….. It Was a Difficult Decision For Me And My Family But The Time is Right For a New Challenge And to Fulfil My Dreams And Potential Elsewhere…… I Want to Thank Everyone at Manchester City . The Coaches,Staff,Players Who Have Contributed Into My Development Throughout My Time at The Club. I Move on With Many Special Memories…. Thank You !!!! 💙 #MCFC
Duncan has grown up as a Liverpool fan and is notably keen to follow in the path of cousin Steven Gerrard.
The centre-forward’s resume boasts a 66-goal haul in the 2015/2016 season, as well as appearances at international level for England’s youth sides.
December 2016 also saw him break the record to become the first Englishman across all levels to score a hat-trick against Brazil.
Liverpool’s blossoming academy setup is set to be glossed even more by confirmation of Rhian Brewster’s first professional contract after uncertainty over his future at the club.