Date: 13th June 2018 at 11:44am
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Liverpool are neck and neck with Everton in the race to sign Cork City defender Sean McCloughlin, according to TEAMTalk.

The reliable football news site shared that the Reds were leading the hunt alongside their bittier rivals to sign the 21-year-old centre-back who is the stand-out young player in the League of Ireland.

TEAMTalk report that Cork are fully aware that McCloughlin could leave this summer and have already moved to sign a replacement in the former of Damien Delaney.

Good move for Liverpool?

Yes, welcoming young promising talent is always a positive move.

McCloughlin only joined Cork last summer but clearly he must have shown that he is a level above to garner such high-profile interest in his services.

Along with the two Merseyside giants, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Preston and Sheffield United are all keen on the promising centre-back.

This level of interest suggests that at the very least, the Reds should take a closer look at the enforcer as he could have a bright future in the game.

The only worry about signing him is that he is already 21-years-old and is still a relatively unknown playing in a less than stellar league, however there have been numerous occasions that top-quality players have nearly fallen through the cracks due to similar situations.

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Likely to happen?

While McCloughlin seems to be definitely on the move given that his replacement is being lined up it’s too soon to say if he’ll arrive at Anfield anytime in the near future.

However the Reds may be motivate to act quickly in this race regarding a young prospect in order for him not to end up at the Toffees.

Preston, who are in the hunt for his signature, have previously demonstrated their fondness for raiding the Irish leagues in order to find new recruits and that could give them the edge.

TEAMTalk’s report might suggest that the Championship side will be unable to get the defender because of the major interest in him, but McCloughlin could opt for them as there would be a clearer path to the first-team for him.

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