Liverpool beat Manchester United in race for Southend starlet Ngoo
Liverpool have pipped Manchester United to sign 16-year-old striker Michael Ngoo from Southend for a fee that could reach £250,000. Ngoo has been compared to giant England and Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch. Southend's head of youth, Ricky Duncan, said: 'When this chance came along for him we couldn't stand in his way. 'Michael had accepted a scholarship with us at the end of last season but he didn't sign. 'He felt that he could get a Premier League side which was his choice and fortunately it has worked out for him.' There has been a debate about the way big clubs pursue young players, but Duncan praised Liverpool's approach. 'Liverpool got in touch with us and offered him a trial,' he said. 'Then they made us an offer which we thought was a fair price. 'It's very early in his career but we believe he has the potential to go on and carve out a good career for himself at Liverpool.'
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