Liverpool offer contract to Brazilian teenager after scouting him online
11:01 GMT, 25 July 2012
Liverpool are close to snapping up promising teenager William McLaren after spotting him online.
Anfield scouts watched the 15-year-old on the on Brazilian website Pnera, a project aimed at discovering the stars of the future.
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Move: Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign Brazilian William McLaren
The player's real name is William Oliveira Souza but earned his nickname due to his blistering speed.
McLaren is expected to join up with Liverpool this weekend and has been offered a three-year-deal.
He has also attracted interest from other top Premier League clubs but the Reds remain in pole position.
‘A representative of Liverpool saw me play, liked what he saw and the club sent me a contract,’ McLaren told Globo.
‘But other teams are also interested – Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. We’ll see what happens.’