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Ian Holloway fuming with Liverpool over transfer interest in two teenage starlets – Liverpool Echo

Ian Holloway fuming with Liverpool over transfer interest in two teenage starlets – Liverpool Echo

Grimsby Town boss Ian Holloway has admitted he is ‘fuming’ with both Liverpool and Chelsea because the Premier League duo are keen on two of his young players.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are reportedly interested in signing teenagers Louis Boyd and Ben Grist, while Frank Lampard’s side have also been linked.

The young pair have caught the eye since being named in Grimsby’s squad for their EFL Trophy game against Harrogate in September, both at the age of just 15. Boyd, the club’s youngest ever debutant, is thought to be being considered for England’s U17s.

According to The Athletic, both Liverpool and Chelsea are among the sides keeping a close eye on their progress with a view to making a move.

Holloway, who has previously described Liverpool and Chelsea as ‘vultures’ when asked about the same matter, told Grimsby Live : “Am I surprised at that? No I’m not surprised at that. Am I fuming about it? Yeah.

“These big wigs who want to take over football on the sly, they’ve already got rules passed that they’re category A clubs, and they can steal those lads off us very, very cheaply, because it suits them again doesn’t it?

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“Those rules were passed by who? The academy setup is run by people who have got enough money to have all those things in place to get a tick in the box for category A.

“They’ve all got it because they’ve all got the money, and that means they can take those boys off me.

“I want to play them when they’re 15 because they’re good enough, and when will they ever play for them? I’m going to have to wait and see.

“I knew it would be a risk, but I don’t really care, because I care about those boys and I want to get them in my team, and I’ll teach them as good as any one of those clubs will, if not better in my opinion.

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“That’s what I’ll be telling their parents. Whether they listen to me I don’t know, but I can prove one thing. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

“Look at my goalscorers the other night – 19, 19 and 21. They might not all be mine, but I’m telling you I’m in the game to make all these young gentlemen fantastic people first and fantastic players.

“I can do it better than any one of those clubs, because a lot of their brilliant young lads aren’t in their team are they?”

Liverpool signed Harvey Elliott from Fulham last year shortly after he turned 16, and have brought other young players such as Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever to their Academy in recent times.

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