Liverpool have beaten Stoke to the signing of promising Bury teenager Emeka Obi. The 15-year-old has agreed to join the Anfield club once they get approval from the Football League and Premier League over his visa as he has Nigerian heritage. Obi, who is already 6ft 5ins tall, has already appeared for the League One club’s first team and had a trial with Stoke during the summer. He has been described by Bury manager David Flitcroft as the ‘best talent at 15 years old in the entire country’.
Obi made his professional debut in August, aged 15 years and 86 days, during Bury’s 4-1 victory over Morecambe in the Checkatrade Trophy. Flitcroft said: ‘We’ve had him for five weeks, training with the first team, training with Ryan Kidd and he’s been playing with the under-18s. ‘He’s just turned 15, he’s a man mountain, but we teach them how to play football and he’s going to be an unbelievable asset to the football club. ‘He’s a kid that’s really switched on, I’ve watched him while he’s been on summer holidays and he’s been in every single day.’ Liverpool have agreed a six figure sum in compensation with add-ons and a potential sell-on to follow.