Liverpool have beaten off the advances of Manchester United and Chelsea to sign highly-rated Irish teenager Alex O'Hanlon, it has been claimed.
According to The Times, the Reds have won the race for the 15-year-old, who has been nurtured in the famed stable of St Kevin’s Boys’ Club - a former home to Liam Brady, Damien Duff and Ian Harte.
A deal for the youngster represents quite a coup for Liverpool with Real Madrid also having allegedly been tracking the left-back.
Billed as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Ireland for several years, the defender has been compared to Tottenham flyer Gareth Bale.
“He is very highly thought of. He’s an excellent full-back and hopefully he might turn out like Gareth Bale," Brendan Bermingham, secretary of St Kevin’s Boys’ Club, said.
“He’s got a really good attitude, quiet and unassuming. He’s just football, football, football.”
The acquisition of O'Hanlon serves as further evidence of Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group fulfilling their promise to bring the cream of young talent to Anfield.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner recently reinforced FSG's pledge, while director of football Damien Comolli has been tasked with persuading teenage stars that Anfield is the right place for them to further develop their careers.
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