Liverpool are set win the race to sign young Coventry City left-back Sam McCallum ahead of a number of Premier League rivals.
The 19-year-old has established himself as a core part of Coventry's side this season. In his 12 League One appearances since the start of the campaign, he has proven to be one of the most exciting talents outside of the top flight.
A number of Premier League sides have monitored McCallum this season, but 90min has learned that Liverpool are set to win the race to sign him, before allowing him to spend the remainder of the season on loan with Coventry.
Leicester may have felt that they had an advantage in the race to sign him, given McCallum is a graduate of striker Jamie Vardy's V9 Academy, but Liverpool have moved ahead of them and opened talks with the player.
The Reds are not blessed with much depth at left-back, with Andy Robertson their only senior option in the position, but McCallum is seen as a viable backup for the Scot and he could very well become the long-term successor to Robertson.
He is predominantly a left-back, but is also comfortable further up the field as more of a wing-back and he has even played on the right-side of Coventry's defence this season, with his versatility working in his favour in the eyes of scouts.
McCallum only joined Coventry from non-league side Herne Bay in August 2018, but his development has impressed many scouts in the top flight and he is now close to sealing a dream move to one of England's biggest sides.
McCallum only joined Coventry from non-league Herne Bay in August 2018, but now he is close to landing a dream move to one of the Premier League’s giants.