Liverpool have completed the signing of 16-year-old Kaide Gordon from Derby County.
Gordon, widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents in English football, joins the Reds for an undisclosed fee, although it is reportedly worth £1million up front with a potential further £3m in add-ons.
The academy graduate, who has been at the Rams since he was six, became the fourth-youngest player ever to represent the senior team when he came on as a substitute against Birmingham City in December.
‘I would like to thank everyone at Derby County for the last 10 years,’ Gordon said in posts on Instagram.
‘Since signing for the club at the age of 6, I’ve worn this shirt with pride and I wouldn’t be where I am today with the support and guidance of everyone at the club, and all the coaches and medical team who have played an important role in my development over the years.
‘I would like to wish everyone at the club all the best for the future.’
Gordon has already played a starring role for Derby’s Under-18s, scoring three goals in five matches, and is an England youth international.
Speaking last week about Gordon’s move to Liverpool, Rooney said he was not surprised the youngster had chosen to leave.
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‘There has been an offer for Kaide (at Derby) since before I have been in this role,’ Rooney said. ‘He hasn’t signed it for whatever reason. 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.’