Liverpool boss denies £12 million deal for Will Hughes

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Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Liverpool are not close to landing Derby youngster Will Hughes - and believes it is in the player's best interest that he stays with the Championship side for as long as possible.

Hughes has been earmarked as a future star of the Premier League, and showcased his potential by scoring his first goal for the England U21's in their 9-0 thrashing of San Marino on Tuesday.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been linked with a swoop for the 18-year-old.

Reports this week suggested that Liverpool had pipped their rivals to the post, however Rodgers insists that isn't the case - and fired a warning to those in the hunt for his signature.

"He’s a very talented young player," said the Liverpool boss ahead of his side's derby game against Everton this weekend. "People aren’t doing him any favours linking him with a move to Liverpool all the time.

"There’s been no bid or deal agreed. He’s at the best place he could be."

Rodgers added that stories that Liverpool had sealed a £12 million deal for Hughes "couldn't be further from the truth."

The young midfielder has been on the radar of a host of leading Premier League clubs since he establishing himself as a regularly for Derby last season.

This season he's played 15 games and scored three times in the Championship.

Rams' boss Steve McClaren has conceded it is only a matter of time before he loses his star player.

"Eventually he will be too good. What we need behind that is players coming through to replace him," he said last month.

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