'New Gerrard' poised to join Liverpool's EPL rivals

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Liverpool target Omri Altman is poised to join Barclays Premier League rivals Fulham, according to reports.

The Maccabi Tel Aviv teenager has been monitored by a number of clubs in England, with Liverpool one of those to hand the 16-year-old a trial at Anfield last year.

Altman also had trails with Arsenal and Fulham, and the Cottagers appear to have won the race for the player after a statement was released on the Israeli club's official website.

"Maccabi Tel Aviv have reached agreement with English side Fulham for the transfer of youth player Omri Altman. The transfer is now dependant on him signing his professional contract."

Speaking to a local paper in Tel Aviv last year, the player spoke on the comparisons to the current Liverpool captain as interest grew in his service.

"People tell me I play like Steven Gerrard with my ability to win the ball and score from long range shots."

It's thought that the original interest from the Merseysiders came under former boss Roy Hodgson, and it's unclear if current Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was interested in the player.


The club's owners, NESV, delivered a remit of bringing young, attacking talent to Anfield, and the 17-year-old midfielder would certainly have fit the bill for Liverpool.

However, it appears Fulham is his future destination, providing he can agree personal terms.

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