14 Oct 2013

Sign ASAP? - BR 'desperately keen' to sign 'fantastic' €18m star who loves LFC.

The Will Hughes transfer saga looks set to run and run, and despite Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal joining the Reds in the pursuit of Hughes, it appear that Liverpool have the edge in the race for 18-year old midfielder.

According to the reports over the weekend:

* Rodgers is 'desperately keen' to sign Hughes.

* He's currently trying to persuade FSG to stump up €18m fee for a January purchase, though he'll try and get the fee down.

* Hughes - who is allegedly a 'Liverpool nut' has his 'heart set on a move to Anfield'.

The weekend's news follows recent reports in both the Express and The Mirror. The Express reported:

"Liverpool are leading the chase for Hughes, with the attacking-minded midfielder already been compared with Reds captain Steven Gerrard"

The The Mirror, claimed:

"Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is stepping up his chase for Derby's midfield magician Will Hughes. Rodgers sent chief scout Dave Fallows to watch the England Under-21 international, who is seen as a potential long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard".

Derby County Chief executive Sam Rush admitted last week that Hughes is in 'great demand', and admitted that he'd leave it to McClaren to decide the best course of action. He told the Derby Telegraph:

“I am conscious not to talk too much about Will Hughes. He is 18 and we all know what a fantastic footballer he is. Ultimately, it is a matter for Steve and I think the most exciting thing I see is the coaching quality that Steve will bring to players like Will"

When asked last Monday about Hughes' future, new Derby County manager Steve McClaren conceded that the rams face a tough task keeping the youngster. He told reporters:

"Our job is to make sure he [Hughes] makes it, but eventually he will be too good. What we need behind that is players coming through to replace him."

Liverpool have been scouting Hughes for months now, and in August, The Independent claimed:

"Liverpool are close to agreeing a deal for Will Hughes. Hughes has been watched extensively over the last six months by Liverpool scout Barry Hunter".

In a recent column for the Daily Mail, Jamie Carragher highlighted Hughes as one of the top young players in the country. He enthused:

"His [Hughes'] reputation is growing by the week and he was excellent when England’s Under 21s demolished Scotland 6-0 earlier this month. The way he carries himself and the way he passes the ball suggest he has got a big future".

The fact that Hughes is a Liverpool fan would seem to weigh heavily in Liverpool's favour, but money talks, and if the Reds don't meet the asking price, or Hughes is offered more money at another club, his alleged Liverpool allegiance could ultimately count for nothing.

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