Liverpool aim to beat Arsenal to £15m wonderkid

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Liverpool are plotting a fresh move for Derby Country's highly-rated teenage star Will Hughes, reports the Metro.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as the hottest prospect outside of the Premier League and Derby County are keen to hold on to their star as they bid to maintain their Championship status.

His performances in the second tier of English football has led to some comparing him to a new Steven Gerrard - a tag that will fit well if he were to move to Anfield.

Liverpool held talks with Derby over a deal for Hughes in the summer but were unable to agree a fee. Derby were reported to be demanding nothing short of £15m for the England under-21 international.

The Anfield club value Hughes at around £6m but are willing to go up to £10m to secure his signature ahead of Arsenal in January.

Arsenal had been linked with a £4m for Hughes in January after sending scouts to watch him a number of times last season.

However, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping a January move for Hughes will beat Arsene Wenger to the punch as the Frenchman will be focusing his effort on signing established stars for the Gunners.

The Arsenal boss was most recently linked with a £25m move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. 

With youth already in abundance at the Emirates, Wenger may champions a the more experienced Bender in favour of Hughes.

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