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Liverpool Reportedly Set to Sign Polish Starlet

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A new goalkeeper appears set to arrive at Liverpool this month, but it won’t be a senior star. Instead, it will be 16-year-old Polish starlet Kamil Grabara.

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The rumour mongers have been busy linking Liverpool with goalkeepers for the January transfer window, and while most would agree the position isn’t the highest need the club have, few fans would turn their noses up at the likes of Marc Andre ter Stegen, Timo Horn, or Bernd Leno arriving at the club. The goalkeeper most likely to sign for Liverpool in January, though, won’t be quite so ready for the first team.

That goalkeeper is 16-year-old Polish youth international Kamil Grabara, who according to widespread rumours since confirmed by his club’s president Liverpool are currently working to bring in. If they succeed, the young shot stopper would head straight to the academy to train and compete with the U18 group, making him a name for the future. Given the time goalkeepers take to develop, it probably wouldn’t be the near future, either.

"Grabara has been with us for 12 years now," Ruch Chorzow president Dariusz Smagorowicz said this week when asked by local reporters about a recent spate of rumours linking the youngster with a move abroad, with Liverpool only the most serious supposed suitors on a list that includes both Manchester United and City. "A few months ago we signed a contract to keep him until 2018, and now Liverpool want to have him."

That interest has also been confirmed on the Liverpool end by the Liverpool Echo, who believe the two clubs have come to an understanding and that Grabara will be on Merseyside later in the week to finalise contract negotiations and undergo a club medical. Grabara has not yet made his senior debut for Ruch Chorzow, but he has been on the bench regularly as their backup and is the club’s first choice at the youth level.

At Liverpool, Grabara would compete with Shamal George, Caoimhin Kelleher, and Owen Wheeler at the U18 level, with Ryan Fulton and Andrew Firth the U21 representatives. Prospects Danny Ward and Lawrence Vigouroux are on loan at Aberdeen and Swindon Town respectively. As yet there have been no reports of the fee Liverpool have agreed to pay Ruch Chorzow to sign their talented young goalkeeping prospect.