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Star under-18 duo set to join Liverpool this summer – reports

Liverpool’s busy summer of transfers looks set to continue, this time with a pair of wonderkids reportedly ready to join Alex Inglethorpe’s academy setup.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Monday, February 16, 2015: Liverpool's Academy during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at the Kirkby Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s highly rated academy could be boosted this summer with a pair of top-level signings, according to reports on Monday.

Bobby Adekanye and Brooks Lennon will join from Barcelona and Real Salt Lake respectively.

On Adekanye, James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo writes that: “The 16-year-old winger, who was also coveted by PSV Eindhoven and Ajax, is expected to complete a move to the Kirkby Academy this week.

“He will undergo a medical on Merseyside on Wednesday.”

A Nigerian-born, Dutch-bred teenager, Adekanye’s contract with the La Liga giants expired this summer, with the nefarious Catalan club ruled to have signed him illegally from Ajax in 2011.

As a result, he spent last season on loan with PSV Eindhoven, and impressed for their youth side.

Pearce summarises: “Skilful, left-footed and blessed with great pace, Adekanye has plenty of potential.”

Meanwhile, Read Salt Lake forward Lennon is likely to make his long-running link with Liverpool official this summer, after impressing whilst on trial on Merseyside in 2014.

According to, Lennon “is in the final stages of completing a deal to move to Anfield.

“The 17-year-old Real Salt Lake academy product is set to receive his Irish citizenship, which would make him eligible to play in the Premier League.

“Lennon spent time with Liverpool’s youth team in January 2014, impressing coaches with his performances.

“He subsequently did enough to earn a contract offer that will make him the latest American youngster to move overseas.”

Lennon will follow in the America-to-Anfield footsteps of Marc Pelosi, who was released by the Reds earlier this summer.

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