Liverpool secure first January transfer as teenage star completes switch

Liverpool have signed the Birmingham City youngster Calum Scanlon to further bolster the Reds’ academy.

Scanlon, 15, is an England youth international and was highly-rated at Blues, whose own youth set up is currently in a state of flux.

Now the versatile left-sided player, who can player at left-back or further forwards, has put the finishing touches on a £500k move.

Scanlon posted on social media: "Happy to sign with Liverpool FC.

“A big thank you to Birmingham City and everyone who has helped me progress to this point, but as of today I start a new chapter.

“The hard work continues, let's go!"

Scanlon will join up with the Reds' academy in January, and initially link up with the club's Under-16s and Under-18s age groups.

Liverpool's senior side have this term profited from the fine work done lower down the system.

Curtis Jones has established himself as a first-team regular, while Neco Williams, Caoimhin Kelleher and Rhys Williams have all seen action in the first half of the season too.

Birmingham are in the midst of reviewing how they develop young players and could look at remodelling the academy.

There have been suggestions that the club’s owners could look to scrap the club’s youth system, ala Brentford, moving more to a Birmingham ‘B’ model, looking to recruit players between 16 and 19, who have been released elsewhere.

However, those plans are yet to be finalised, with the club insisting that nothing definitive has yet been decided.

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