Stoke City were in prime position to sign Emeka Obi before Liverpool quickly swooped in.
Liverpool have secured the services of a 15-year-old Nigerian teenager, Emeka Obi from Bury.
Born to Nigerian parents, Obi is considered to be the best schoolboy player in England.
He has made appearances for the first team of league One’s side, Bury and has had trials with Stoke City.
Stoke City were in prime position to sign the player before Liverpool quickly swooped in.
Bury manager David Flitcroft described Obi as the ‘best talent at 15 years old in the entire country’.
“We’ve had him for five weeks, training with the first team, training with Ryan Kidd and he’s been playing with the under-18s,” Flitcroft is quoted to say by Daily Mail.
“He’s just turned 15, he’s a man mountain, but we teach them how to play football and he’s going to be an unbelievable asset to the football club.
“He’s a kid that’s really switched on, I’ve watched him while he’s been on summer holidays and he’s been in every single day.”
For the player, Liverpool paid a six-figure sum with add-ons and a potential sell-on to follow.
The signing is subject to approval from the Football League and Premier League over his visa.