Liverpool ready to sign Chuba Akpom

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Liverpool are ready to sign Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom after keeping an eye on the 19-year-old’s current situation at the Emirates Stadium.

It was reported on Monday that Liverpool were one of the clubs weighing up a move for the teenage forward, who is considering rejecting the Gunners’ latest three-year contract offer, and the Merseyside outfit hope he will opt to stay in the Premier League rather than moving overseas.

This is according to the Metro, who understand Akpom has received pre-contract offers from Borussia Dortmund and FC Twente. Premier League champions Manchester City, meanwhile, are also in the race to the sign the talented England Under-20 international.

Liverpool move may appeal to Akpom

Akpom has been handed opportunities to shine from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this season - four in all competitions so far this term - but may feel he could play more minutes earlier in his career away from the Emirates Stadium.

The teenager was sent out on loan to Brentford and Coventry last year - and failed to score with either club. However, that has not deterred the aforementioned Premier League and overseas clubs to make a move for the London-born forward.

Mario Balotelli replacement?

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may regard Akpom as a potential replacement for the out-of-favour Mario Balotelli, whose summer move to Anfield has failed to work out.

Speculation is rife that the Italian striker could leave the Premier League club - if not this month then in the summer - and the youthful Akpom would be a useful back-up option for Liverpool’s first-choice centre-forward Daniel Sturridge, who is poised to return to action following a lengthy injury lay-off.

Balotelli, who Liverpool paid AC Milan £16 million for in August, has scored just two goals in 18 appearances for the five-time European champions - and has yet to net his first Premier League goal for the club.

The Italy international is unlikely to be handed too many starts between now and the end of the season with Sturridge back in action - and Rodgers may feel that a player of Akpom’s age and quality is exactly what Liverpool require going forward.

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