Liverpool agree deal for Sporting starlet

Updated: January 19, 2012

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Liverpool look set to make their first signing of the transfer window with news emerging that the club have agreed an £850,000 deal for highly-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira.

Talks are reportedly at an advanced stage for one of Portugal’s hottest prospects, compared in some quarters to former Chelsea star Deco, and Liverpool FC hope to conclude the transfer over the next few days.

The 19-year-old playmaker first came to Liverpool’s attention with an impressive performance against them in the NextGen Series match at Anfield back in August when he opened the scoring with a lovely goal and club scouts have been tracking his progress.

Followin in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Nani who are all products of the Sporting academy the Portuguese U19 international’s move to Liverpool will help ease the club’s financial problems and if as expected the deal goes through, Teixeira, who has yet to play for the Sporting first team, will join Liverpool’s reserves squad.

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