Liverpool is tapping a young prospect from Norway, 14-year-old Edvard Tagseth. The wunderkind also drew interest from other soccer clubs such as Everton, Manchester United, Manchester City and Ajax.
Norwegian newspaper Tronder Avisa first reported the Tagseth deal, noting that the youngster will play for his local team, Neset FK, in Norway until he turns 16. Tagseth has signed a pre-contract agreement and will move to Liverpool by January 2017.
“It feels good to finally be done with it and to decide on a club,” Tagseth said about his decision to sign with Liverpool. “I felt it was best club for me. I enjoyed myself best there.”
Tagseth had a training stint with the Reds earlier in the summer and it was enough for the team to decide to sign him. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Liverpool reportedly will pay Tagseth “a small amount of compensation for his services.”
Tagseth is not the first prospect from Norway to draw hype at a young age. Martin Odegaard made history last year when he became the youngest Norwegian to play for an international club team. Odegaard also was also sought by Liverpool before signing with Spanish club team Real Madrid.