Liverpool complete transfer of highly-demanded English centre-forward

Liverpool have secured a deal for England U17 star Bobby Duncan, reports say. Duncan, who is the cousin of Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard, confirmed earlier in the week that he was to leave Manchester City.

He first signed for City when he was 11 but has been training away from the club for months and said it felt like the right time to ‘fulfill his potential’ elsewhere.

Tottenham, Juventus and Monaco were all hoping to sign Duncan but Liverpool have won the race to secure his signature. According to the Daily Telegraph, he will officially become a Liverpool player on July 1 after the Reds paid £200,000 to complete a deal.

‘It’s been an amazing six years at Manchester City,’ Duncan said this week. ‘It was a difficult decision for me and my family but the time is right for a new challenge and fulfil my dreams and potential elsewhere.’

Duncan is rated as one of the most talented teenagers in English football, having become the first Englishman to score a hat-trick against Brazil for the U16s. The Liverpool-born striker has been persistently linked with a return to Merseyside and looks set to make the move official next week.

Meanwhile, new Liverpool signing Naby Keita has revealed his shock at being handed the number eight shirt by club legend Gerrard.

‘It was an incredible day for me,’ he told Liverpool’s official website. ‘Gerrard gave me the number eight jersey. ‘When it happened, it was a surprise and I didn’t expect it. When he came in, I looked and him and said “Wow” because he is a legend.