Hughes wants to sign for Liverpool ahead of United and Arsenal…
Liverpool currently lead the race to sign Derby’s 18-year-old midfielder Will Hughes, and are wiling to pay the Championship club’s £15m valuation, reports the Daily Star.
The ultra-talented midfielder is a Reds fan, and has apparently set his heart on a move to the Anfield club.
Hughes will therefore reject a move to Arsenal or Manchester United in order to sign for Brendan Rodgers’ team, who will be happy to loan Hughes straight back to Derby.
Brendan Rodgers sent scout Dave Fallows to check out the youngster earlier in the season during England Under-21s’ demolition of Scotland Under-21s last week, and he was mightily impressed with what he saw of the elegant midfielder.
Hughes has already racked up over 50 first-team appearances with the Championship club, and has quickly established himself as a regular starter, scoring three times and supplying four assists so far in England’s second tier league.
His first-touch is outstanding, and the teenager has already mastered the art of playing on the half turn before breaking forward to slot intricate through-balls beyond the opposition defences. Hughes fits the attributes that Rodgers likes in a midfielder, as he is capable of distributing the ball quickly in a slick, dynamic footballing side, with the 18 year-old’s’ weight of pass a particularly strong attribute.
With club captain Steven Gerrard now 33-years-old and in the twilight of his career, Rodgers could be looking at the Derby wonderkid is a long-term replacement, and a £6m bid is imminent.
The Reds sold Jonjo Shelvey this summer to Swansea, so perhaps have room for another talented young midfielder in the squad.