Date: 27th June 2018 at 8:29am
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OPINION

are on the verge of a brilliant bargain as they stand on the cusp of signing Steven Gerrard’s cousin .

The Sun claim the Merseyside giants are closing in on the capture of the England Under-17 international after he revealed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon he is heading out of Manchester City after six years.

It is said that Huyton-born Duncan is departing Etihad Stadium, where his deal runs until the end of the month, following a contract stand-off and will now make the short journey to Anfield following his 17th birthday this month.

What a coup for the Merseysiders.

Duncan is a young gun with the world at his feet. He has already achieved some startling feats, becoming the first England player to score a hat-trick against Brazil at any level last summer when he ran amok in an England Under-16 international.

He has made the step up to England Under-17s also look an easy one and has continued to plunder goals for his country at age-group level despite not even training with City in recent months.

Indeed, Duncan, in a sign that he is a young player he knows what he wants and where he is going, has instead been working at Wigan Athletic on a daily basis as he awaits his next move.

That appears to be Liverpool, a club close to his heart and one which is willing to invest in young talent both financially and sportingly.

Jurgen Klopp has made it clear during his reign he will unleash rising stars, with Trent Alexander-Arnold the shining example of what can be achieved through trusting in home-grown youth.

With the likes of Rhian Brewster and Ben Woodburn also makes waves for club and country at age-group level, there promises to be a production line of first team stars emerging from the ranks in the coming years.

Duncan is a versatile forward who can lead the line or play out wide, not too dissimilar to 18-year-old Brewster. He is quick, technically gifted and has a clinical touch in front of goal.

Like Brewster, he has been ripping it up for the junior sides and has the ability to save the Merseyside giants multi millions in the transfer market.

With Liverpool to reportedly pay a compensation fee of just £200,000, he could soon prove to be a cut-price gem.