Recent transfer windows have seen Liverpool moving to assemble the team of tomorrow. With the first team all tied down to long term contracts and set for the next few seasons, the recruitment team have been looking towards youth prospects. According to claims in the Peterborough Telegraph, Liverpool made an approach for Ricky-Jade Jones in January.
Jones has been gaining the interest of a host of Premier League clubs in recent months.
The 17-year-old striker has exploded onto the scene in League One having made his Peterborough United debut aged 16 this season.
The teenager has already netted four goals in 15 appearances for The Posh, with 11 of these appearances being from the bench.
Legendary sporting director of Peterborough, Barry Fry, told the Peterborough Telegraph:
“They were all after [Ricky-Jade Jones]. United, Liverpool, Arsenal, but we told them all the same thing and that it was a waste of time bidding as we were determined to hold on to him
“Leeds were actually the most determined to sign Ricky…They were on several times as they think Ricky is going to be the next Tammy Abraham. I told them if that’s the case he must be worth £15 million already!”
What RTK has to say
This is certainly an interesting development.
We should of course take Barry Fry’s comments with a pinch of salt, as likeable as he is he does have a reputation as a bit of a Del Boy.
If Liverpool do stump up the cash for Ricky-Jade Jones then we can rest assured that the transfers team have done their due diligence.
With Michael Edwards having not put a foot wrong in the transfer market in recent seasons, we have an implicit trust in his decision making.
If we do bring in Jones then he would undoubtedly be one for the future. At just 17-years-old he isn’t likely to threaten the first team for a few years but it would important to make sure he doesn’t fall into the clutches of our rivals – we learned our lesson when Dele Alli joined Tottenham.
Thankfully, we have the upperhand given that The Posh’s chairman has previously revealed he would love to see Jones play for Liverpool.