Liverpool agree fee with Birmingham City for England youth international

Birmingham City have accepted an offer from Liverpool for highly-rated teenager Ben Scanlon.

The 15-year-old can operate at left-back or in midfield and the youngster’s family, according to The Times, are now deliberating whether or not to accept the opportunity to join the Premier League champions.

Liverpool are understood to have offered less than £500,000 for the player who could join one of the country’s most prolific academies.

Already this season Klopp has afforded opportunities to the likes of Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Rhys Williams, Caoimhin Kelleher and Leighton Clarkson amid a near unprecedented injury crisis.

Birmingham, meanwhile, currently 17th in The Championship, are conducting a review of their youth coaching set-up and are likely to be scaling back their operation.

The proposed changes at the club has prompted several other clubs to register their interest in Scanlon, as well as Jobe Bellingham, the brother of England star Jude who left the Blues to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

Liverpool, meanwhile, can enjoy a rare week off ahead of their Festive Fixtures, by which time long-term absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be in contention for a first start since July.

The former Arsenal star came on a substitute in last weekend’s 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace and his return represents a timely boost, according to skipper Jordan Henderson.

‘Very nice to see Ox back,’ said Henderson. ‘He’s been working extremely hard to get back. Looking sharp again and I thought he did well when he came on. 

‘So the more minutes he can get, the better really because he’s a big addition to our team.’

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