Rooney 'confirms' Liverpool's next signing

English Premier League

Derby County boss Wayne Rooney has confirmed that Liverpool are set to sign teenage wonderkid Kaide Gordon.

The reigning Premier League champions look set to add another exciting prospect to their ranks after Rooney confirmed that the 16-year-old was likely to sign with Jurgen Klopp's side.

"It looks that way," the former Manchester United captain said when asked about the potential deal, per the Independent. "Kaide is fantastic player. I brought him into the first team squad because he was showing the qualities I want. We offered him a deal which he didn't take.

"As always when a player doesn't sign up, if any of the big clubs in the Premier League come in, it is very difficult to deny the player that opportunity.

"There has been an offer for Kaide since before I have been in this role. He hasn't signed it for whatever reasons. Liverpool have become aware of that and stepped in. Once a team like Liverpool come in for one of your players it is hard to turn that down.

"For his development, of course, I would have liked him to stay at the club. But I understand once the champions of England come in and want to sign you, it is difficult to turn it down."

Gordon was handed his senior debut by Rooney last month but is now expected to sign a professional contract with Liverpool when he celebrates his 17th birthday in October.

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