Liverpool prepare bid for Spanish wonderkid

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Liverpool are reportedly preparing a bid for Spanish wonderkid Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta.

The Athletic Bilbao teenager has been linked with the cream of Europe after making his first senior appearance in pre-season, and the Basque club are readying themselves for an offer from Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson.

17-year-old De Galarretsa is thought to have been scouted by the Reds last season whilst playing for the youth team, with the player's vision and technique thought to be his biggest assets.

Bilbao boss Joaquin Caparros has high expectations for the player following his first team chance this summer, and the player is expected to be involved at La Liga level at some stage in the opening months of the season.

Spanish giants Barcelona are also thought to be keen on the player, but Tutto Mercato Web reports that Los Leones are bracing themselves for a potential from either Chelsea or Liverpool.

The Merseyside outfit are thought to be favourites thanks to the level of Spanish players at the Anfield club.

Liverpool have invested heavily in youth players over the past summer, with Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling and Suso three starlets making their names at the Melwood academy. De Galarreta would add to the crop of youngsters, although the Hodgson will have to fight if he's to land the player for the Reds.

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