Fulham youngster Harvey Elliott has rejected a new contract, potentially opening the door to a move to Liverpool.
The Reds have been tracking the highly-rated 16-year-old, who made his debut in a Carabao Cup tie at Millwall last September, when he was still 15.
At 16 years and 30 days, he became the youngest-ever Premier League player when he came on as a late substitute in Fulham’s 1-0 defeat against Wolves in May.
Fulham have been trying to tie him to a long-term deal but Elliott now looks likely to leave.
Liverpool lead the chase to sign him and there has also been interest from a number of German clubs.
That will be a blow to Whites boss Scott Parker, who has no doubt the youngster is destined for a bright future.
“He’s a special talent and we want to nurture him the best we can,” Parker said at his post-match press conference after the Wolves game.
The club also face losing Ryan Sessegnon, who is also wanted by Liverpool but has been widely tipped to stay in London and sign for Tottenham.
Meanwhile, Fulham have announced that youngsters Jayden Harris, Tyrese Francois, Moritz Jenz, Nicolas Santos-Clase and Taye Ashby-Hammond have extended their contracts.