Liverpool could be set to make a move to sign Wigan Athletic’s FA Cup hero Callum McManaman, according to the Daily Express.
McManaman, who’s impressive end of season form has brought about praise from all corners of English football, could be available at a cut-price following Wigan’s relegation.
The 22-year-old was this week called up for the first time to the England Under-21s for the forthcoming European Championships in Israel.
The Daily Express report that Brendan Rodgers has been eyeing Roberto Martinez’s team, and also suggest James McCarthy could be on the Liverpool boss’ radar.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was in attendance at the Emirates on Tuesday night to have a closer look at Roberto Martinez’s team, having been particularly impressed by McManaman’s man of the match display at Wembley on Saturday.
Recently Wigan boss Roberto Martinez revealed his acceptance that McManaman may move onto bigger things at the end of the season.
“You cannot stop a player from going to a different level,” said Martinez. “What you can affect is the value and timing. We are not in a position where we have to balance the books.”
McManaman, 22, was born and raised in Huyton, the same area Steven Gerrard is from, playing for Everton‘s youth team as a boy, before making a move to the DW Stadium.
The winger played and outstanding FA Cup Final, helping the Latics to a famous 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.
He was also the culprit of a horrific tackle on Massadio Haïdara in March – an incident that the Football Association controversially claimed they couldn’t punish.
McManaman is a distant relative of former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman, who left the club in 1999.
UPDATE: McManaman has picked up an ankle injury that will keep him sidelined for three months, forcing him to withdraw from the England Under-21 European Championship squad.