Liverpool investigated for approach on academy prospect

The Telegraph has learnt that the Merseyside club are now on the verge of being slapped with a transfer embargo by the Premier League, and now are attempting to negotiate an agreed sanction.

According to a number of media outlets, including The Times and the Daily Telegraph, Liverpool could be slapped with a youth transfer ban.

Liverpool could be hit with a transfer ban on academy players or a fine for offering a banned inducement to the player under rules.

Champions Leagues sides Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all been hit with similar bans for seducing the parents of prodigious young players.

Liverpool could be banned from signing academy players over allegations they breached Premier League rules when tapping up a schoolboy from Stoke City.

The dispute reportedly centers around the allegation that Liverpool reneged on an agreement with the youth player to pay his school fees, as Stoke had been doing before the move to Anfield.

The once-promising teenager is now left in limbo as he can not join a new club until Liverpool cough up £49,000 to the Potteries side in compensation.

Stoke City had been paying the boy's school fees as part of a contract signed by his parents, and his parents wanted Liverpool to do the same.

When discovering that new rules introduced last summer meant the club would have to pay for all of their schoolchildren to be privately educated, it is alleged, Liverpool withdrew the offer, prompting the boy's parents to pull out of the deal.

As a result, the player can now not play for another team until Stoke receive £49,000 in compensation.

  • Julie Sanders