KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 22, 2022: Liverpool's Trent Kone-Doherty heads the ball away during the Under-18 Premier League match between Liverpool FC Under-18's and Stoke City FC Under-18's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by Jessica Hornby/Propaganda)

Liverpool land deal for young Leicester midfielder – exit already confirmed

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of teenage midfielder Trey Nyoni from Leicester City.

This Is Anfield understands the Reds are in the final stages of negotiations to bring the 16-year-old to Merseyside.

And they are hopeful of completing a deal imminently as a push to bring more coveted British talent to the clubs continues.

In the aftermath of Brexit, Liverpool have been forced to look closer to home to bolster their ranks at academy level.

With deals such as that which brought Stefan Bajcetic to the club no longer possible, they have instead pivoted to raiding the youth setups of other British sides.

That was evident in the recent acquisition of 14-year-old defender Harvey Owen from Wolves, which cost the Reds £800,000.

Bobby Clark and Ben Doak, who have both impressed during this summer’s pre-season campaign, have also formed part of that concerted effort.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 19, 2023: Liverpool senior player Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain chast with Rhys Williams, Ben Doak and Bobby Clark after the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-21's and Chelsea FC Under-21's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Nyoni arrives with an impressive pedigree having appeared regularly in the U18 Premier League last season at the age of just 16.

Nyoni is expected to join the under-18s squad upon his arrival, having already confirmed his exit from Leicester after 10 years on their books.

“Thank you, Leicester,” the midfielder wrote on Instagram.

“I am grateful to all the players and staff at the club who have helped me develop over the past 10 years and I wish nothing but success to everyone at the club.”

The youngster, who represents England under-16s but also has heritage in Zimbabwe, was part of the Young Lions squad to win the Montaigu Tournament in April.

He has already made connections with his new team-mates at the AXA Training Centre, and brings an established pedigree to Liverpool having already debuted for Leicester U21s before his 16th birthday.

This came in a 0-0 draw with Porto in the PL International Cup in December, coming off the bench in the closing stages of a tough contest.

Tall for his age and adept both on and off the ball, Nyoni will join the likes of Cody Pennington, Fola Onanuga, Kieran Morrison and Kyle Kelly in midfield with Liverpool U18s.

There is every chance he makes his breakthrough into the U21s in the near future if he continues his progress, but a realistic approach will be taken.