Thibaud Verlinden is the latest transfer target for Premier League side Liverpool. Verlinden, 15, was previosuly on trial with the Reds in the summer, and Brendan Rodgers’ side are keen on signing him on a permanent basis.

Verlinden plays for Standard Liege, and caught the eye of the Liverpool scouts in a game for Belgium Under 16s against England Under 16s in August. He was then contacted by the club, and went to Liverpool’s training facility at Melwood for the trial. The midfielder is currently on a youth contract with the Belgian club, but will have to wait until 9 July 2015 to sign his first professional contract. Between now and July, changes in FIFA’s policy allows Liverpool to sign him for next to nothing if they wish to do so. This means that Standard Liege will develop another key talent only to be rewarded with nothing.

Verlinden is the son of former Club Brugge goalkeeper Dany, and is looking to emulate his father’s success on the field with Premier League side Liverpool. However, his dad had denied that his son has agreed terms with any clubs just yet, even though the midfielder hinted he could be on his way to Merseyside.

The youngster caused journalists to be on alert when he retweeded a tweet from HLN journalist Kristof Terreur which read: “Liverpool are interested in Belgian Thibaud Verlinden. His dad, ex-pro Dany, denies his son has already signed a deal..”

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