Bobby Adekanye to Liverpool: Reds sign 16-year-old Barcelona 'wonderkid'

Nigerian-born winger was banned from playing for Barca

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Highly-rated Bobby Adekanye has confirmed that he has signed for Liverpool from Barcelona.

The 16-year-old wrote on Instagram on Thursday night: "I am very happy to sign for Liverpool."

The Anfield club have moved to secure his services as a free agent after he was the subject of a dispute between Barcelona and Fifa.


Fifa ruled that Adekanye was signed illegally from Ajax at the age of 12 in 2011 and he was banned from taking part in competitive games for Barcelona. As a result last season he was sent out on loan to PSV, who had hoped to make the transfer permanent.

Adekanye, who currently plays as a winger, was born in Nigeria but was brought up in Holland after his parents moved to Amsterdam when he was four.

The Reds are off to Thailand for their pre-season tour later on this month.