Liverpool and Manchester United are fighting to sign 16-year-old Nottingham Forest defender Matthew Bondswell, sources near the Championship club have disclosed.

Left-back Bondswell has been a consistent in Forest’s under-18s side this season and has likewise exceeded expectations at England youth level.

Forests are resolved to keep Bondswell however have so far been not able concur a scholarship deal, with the player dismissing a few offers.

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That has alarmed various Premier League clubs, with Liverpool and United having both communicated an interest.

Liverpool trust they may have an edge over United in light of the fact that the defender grew up as a fan of the Anfield club.