Birmingham City youngster wanted at Anfield.
LIVERPOOL and Manchester City are facing a showdown over Birmingham’s highly rated Nathan Redmond.
Redmond, 17, has two years left on his contract but, after appearing 15 times for Chris Hughton’s side, has a clause allowing it to be renegotiated.
Birmingham would rate him in the same bracket as Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who joined the Gunners from Southampton for an initial £6m fee, rising to a possible £10m.
SOURCE: Daily Express
Liverpool’s transfer plans this January are likely to signal their intentions for the rest of this season – and Luis Suarez’s suspension has complicated matters somewhat.
At the start of the season, owner John W Henry indicated that the aim for the season was to finish in the Premier League top four, and qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
That looks less likely now that their most creative player has been suspended for eight games, and although the return of Steven Gerrard will help, the club are at something of a crossroads.
Do they spend big on established and proven Premier League talent such as Darren Bent in order to reach their goal this season, or do they invest a large proportion of their funds in the most promising young players around to build for the future?
Nathan Redmond is a highly exciting player, but might not yet be ready for first team action.
Would he be a worthy investment for Liverpool?
As for Manchester City, it is difficult to imagine that he would be granted the same first team opportunities at Eastlands that he might elsewhere.
Roberto Mancini is looking to establish the club as a major force in the short term, and naturally that leads to less gambles on youth products.