United & Liverpool scouts track England starlet - reports

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Manchester United and Liverpool target Mason Bennett is poised for a shock senior debut with Derby County.

The 15-year-old forward has been scouted by a handful of top clubs in England, and has already earned international recognition at U16 level.

“Mason is someone we have to be patient with, but we can’t deny that we’re very excited about him," said Rams boss Nigel Clough.

“He’s a fantastic prospect and playing in the Championship would certainly not faze him."

Liverpool have a track record of bringing teenage talent to Anfield, with director of football Damien Comolli eager to build for the future on Merseyside, a philosophy proven with the signings of Jordan Henderson and Andy Carroll.

The club's academy at Melwood is regarded as one of the best in Europe, with fellow England youth internationals Adam Morgan, Conor Coady and Raheem Sterling all plying their trade in the Liverpool ranks.

16-year-old Sterling would be of particular relevance, with Liverpool signing the player from QPR in 2010 for a fee that could rise to as much as £5 million.

Manchester United also pride themselves on having one of the best academies in European football, with their U18s claiming the FA Youth Cup last season.

Sir Alex Ferguson has a great tradition of bringing young players through the ranks at Old Trafford, with the famous crop of 1999 made up largely from Manchester United junior graduates.


The current side also boasts a number of players who have risen through the ranks, with Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher all fine examples to follow were Manchester United able to snare the talented teenager.

Clough will be hoping to keep hold of the player for a little while longer yet, but with The Daily Mirror reporting that the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool sniffing around, the player's future may rest away from Pride Park.

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