Harvey Elliott has turned down Fulham’s offer of a scholarship and is set to sign for Liverpool, according to reports this morning.
The England Under 17 midfielder, who became the youngest player in Premier League history when he made a couple of substitute appearances at the end of Fulham’s relegation season, made it clear that he saw his future away from Craven Cottage when he told the club that he would not be accepting their offer of a new deal. Elliott, who had been tracked by a number of Europe’s leading clubs, has reportedly agreed to join Liverpool and will sign a professional contract with the European champions when he turns seventeen in April.
The teenage winger is one of a number of prodigious talents to emerge from the Fulham academy in recent years. He was handed his senior debut by Slavisa Jokanovic in Fulham’s League Cup at Millwall last September, aged 15, becoming the club’s youngest ever senior player. When he came off the bench at Wolves in May, Elliott broke former Fulham defender Matthew Briggs’ record as the youngest player Premier League player. He made his first appearance at Craven Cottage as a late substitute against Newcastle in the final game of the season.
Fulham had hoped that their nurturing of his talent and gradual introduction into senior football would convince Elliott to remain with the club, but their attempts to keep him have proven successful. It is suggested that Liverpool and Fulham are in the process of agreeing a substantial form of compensation for Elliott’s services before the move is confirmed.