Liverpool target two early summer signings

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Liverpool are looking to poach Tyler Roberts from Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion this summer, reports the Daily Mirror.

Roberts, 16, is currently making his way through the youth system at the Hawthorns and has been tipped to break onto the first team stage in the next two seasons.

The striker is currently the captain of Wales' under-16 side and could be available to Liverpool for as little as £200,000 thanks to Premier League Elite Player Performance Plan guidelines.

However, if Brendan Rodgers can convince Roberts to swap the Hawthorns for Anfield, the Baggies are likely to demand more for a player who has been with the club since the age of nine.

Rodgers is also looking to sign 18-year-old centre-back Jack Batten, who is currently making waves with League One side Bristol City.

Batten could be available to the Reds for as little as £75,000 as long as clauses and add-ons based on future success is included in the deal.

It is further evidence that Rodgers is planning on snapping up the best in British talent as he looks to establish a home-grown core at Anfield.

Liverpool have already snapped up Jerome Sinclair from West Brom and he is now considered one of the best prospects at the Merseyside academy.

Although Liverpool are confident of agreeing deals for the two starlets, they have missed out on Hungarian wonderkid Matyas Tajti. The 15-year-old was wanted by a number of clubs around Europe but chose to join Barcelona's La Masia to follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.

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