Liverpool are close to completing the signing of MK Dons starlet Dele Alli, according to the Daily Mirror.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is understood to have been keeping tabs on the 17-year-old for some time, and made another personal check on the youngster during Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Wigan.

And he was left suitably impressed by the youngster’s performance, who played his part in a 3-3 thriller at the DW Stadium.

Dons boss Karl Robinson said he regards Alli as a special talent, and also revealed he has spoken to Rodgers about some of his most prized assets.

“I know Brendan quite well and we speak about different players all the time,” Robinson said.

“There may have been another reason why he was at the game today, but you’ve seen Dele and he’s special. Yeah, he did some silly things but he’s 17 years of age. He did bits of magic too.

“You don’t see many 17-year-olds playing in an FA Cup third round against a very good Wigan side and not looking out of place.

“I’m very proud of his development.”

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