Liverpool have completed the signing of Bobby Duncan after agreeing a compensation package with Manchester City of around £200,000.
The Reds fended off competition for the 17-year-old striker from Tottenham, Juventus, Monaco and Roma, according to the Liverpool Echo.
There were suggestions Liverpool would have to pay in excess of £1million in compensation for Duncan, but City agreed to a much lower fee after accepting that he had effectively lost a year of his career and only wanted to move for football reasons.
Duncan left City last summer, but they retained his registration – meaning he could not play for any other club. Instead he trained with Wigan’s first-team and continues to be picked by England Under-17s boss Steve Cooper.
Duncan is the cousin of Steven Gerrard and he is a lifelong Reds fan, desperate to follow in the new Rangers’ boss’ Anfield footsteps.
He has scored 10 goals in 23 games for England’s Under-16s and Under-17s and he scored 66 goals for City in the 2015/16 season. In November 2016 he became the first English player to score a hat-trick against Brazil at any level during a 4-3 win for England’s Under-16s.