Blackpool FC are close to acquiring one of Liverpool’s fledgling players, once described as “the next Lionel Messi”, on loan.
Argentine Gerardo Bruna has been showcasing his promising talent for Liverpool’s reserve team, but is closing in on a move to the Npower Championship, according to SkySports.
The Seasiders have been in talks with the 20-year-old after Charlie Adam completed his move to Anfield last week, and are confident that a loan deal can be struck.
Meanwhile, talks are also underway with Liverpool's Tom Ince, the son of former England international Paul Ince’s son. Ince jnr spent part of last season on loan at Notts County, but is wavering over a move amidst interest from Fulham.
Ian Holloway is hopeful the £8.5 million deal that saw Adam move to Merseyside could help the Tangerines secure at least one of the youngsters, with Bruna the favourite to make the move.
In response to the news, one Liverpool fan commented online: “Wow... seems like Blackpool is becoming our second academy....”
While Ince could be tempted by the Barclays Premier League lure of Fulham, skilful Argentine Bruna's best bet appears to be a loan move down the divisions.
The left-winger joined Anfield from Real Madrid in 2007, and is regarded as one of the stars of the future after Bruna featured in World Soccer Magazine’s 50 most exciting youngsters when moving to England from Spain.
Upon moving to the UK, Bruna said: "My father agreed with me that moving here would be a great opportunity. I already knew about Liverpool from the Champions League: the final we won and the final we lost.
"These games, as well as the Chelsea semi-finals, made a big impression on me."
A free kick specialist, his ability from set pieces would fill the gap left by Adam at Bloomfield Road, and the income generated from the sale of Adam would ensure that the wages for Bruna and Ince could be easily met.