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United & Liverpool teen target dubbed 'huge talent'

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Manchester United and Liverpool starlet target Jordan Ibe has been tipped for the top by Wycombe Wanderers teammate Ben Strevens.

The 15-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League after bursting onto the senior scene at Adams Park, becoming the club's youngest ever player when featuring in the Carling Cup earlier in the season.

Goal.com reported earlier in the week that Liverpool had moved ahead of their rivals in the race to sign the teenager, with Kenny Dalglish showing the youngster the around the club's training facilities at Melwood and a stadium tour at Anfield.

"Liverpool really liked the look of him but he is still at school and is happy at Wycombe because he can get in the team, which won't happen at Liverpool or Manchester United," a source told the website.

Strevens is hoping that the Chairboys can keep hold of the talented youngster for a little while longer yet, but believes Ibe is destined for the very top.

"He's a very good young player who's got a bright future," Strevens told the official Wycombe website.

"He's a huge talent and hopefully we can hang on to him for a little while longer."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is also reported to be tracking the player's progress in Buckinghamshire, with the Scot eager to add the player to the academy ranks at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are renowned for developing young talent into first team players, with the class of '99 famed for climbing through the ranks at Manchester United.

Their current crop also boasts a handful of junior graduates, with Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck two examples of players who have worked their way into the senior side at Manchester United.

David de Gea, Chriss Smalling and Phil Jones also prove that Ferguson isn't afraid to buy young talent at Manchester United either.

However, it appears the current Barclays Premier League champions are playing a game of catch-up behind arch-rivals Liverpool, who are also well-renowned for their academy set-up.

The current crop boasts England youth internationals Raheem Sterling and Adam Morgan, and 'King Kenny' will be hoping to pull off a transfer coup in signing Ibe

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