Liverpool have beaten off interest from Manchester United and Fulham to sign Wycombe Wanderers’ 16 year-old wonderkid Jordan Ibe, the League One club officially announced yesterday.
Kenny Dalglish’s side managed to beat several Premier League rivals to sign the highly-rated youngster for a fee of around £750,000, which could potentially rise to £1 million.
At 16, Ibe has already made 7 appearances for the Wycombe Wanderers first team this season in League One. On the 15th October, Ibe became Wycombe’s youngest ever Football League player after appearing as a 90th minute substitute against Hartlepool United.
Just a few weeks later Ibe became Wycombe’s youngest ever Football League scorer, as he scored in the 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on the 29th October.
Ibe immedaitely caught the attentions of many Premier League clubs who all spotted his immense potential, but it is Liverpool who have ultimately managed to secured his signature.
Wycome manager Gary Waddock revealed how the club were desperate to keep hold of the talented younsgter, but he acknowledged that a move to Liverpool was too good to turn down.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said:
”It’s a fantastic move for him, he’s a phenomenal talent which is why we gave him a chance to show what he can do at first-team level.”
“Obviously we wanted to keep him, but we didn’t want to stand in the way of an opportunity he deserves. I have no doubt in my mind that he will go on to become a big star and I will be keeping a close eye on his progress.
I would like to wish him and his family all the best for the future.”