Liverpool are nearing signing derby youngster Kaide Gordon and a deal could be closed as early as Tuesday.

The 16-year-old is set to join Liverpool for a fee that could reach £ 3m and is expected to join the academy.

Manchester United were also keen on Gordon, a striker who can play in the middle or in width but appears to have been beaten by his big rivals.

Gordon made his Derby league debut against Birmingham last month. Afterward, Rams boss Wayne Rooney said, “I put Kaide with the first team that initially trained with us for a week to see how he responded and he was one of the best coaches.

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“I kept him with us for a couple of weeks and he trained at the same level – if not a better level – than many others [first-team] Player. “



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Gordon could be one of several Derby Academy products leaving the club to raise funds during the January transfer window.

A delay in Shevent Khaleds Derventio Holdings’ lengthy takeover of the club has left Derby in a difficult financial position.

There are serious doubts as to whether the club’s purchase will be completed, despite a deal signed in November for owner Mel Morris to sell the Rams to billionaire Sheikh Khaled.

Derby had a transfer embargo and the first-team players only received their December wages this week.

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