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Premier League Club Set To 'Poach' Youngsters From Lower League Side

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European champions Liverpool have big plans to build on their success this season, as they look to usurp Manchester City as the kings of England to win their first Premier League title in 30 years. While that will undoubtedly cost a huge amount of money and require some big name signings this summer, the Reds are looking at improving their academy by luring two unnamed youngsters from a League One outfit, according to their owner.

Sunderland chief Stewart Donald has admitted his players are being ‘poached’ with two players in particular being targeted by the Merseyside giants.

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The Black Cats have suffered a huge fall from grace in the past two years, having been relegated from the Premier League and Championship in 2017 and 2018 before losing out to Charlton Athletic in the League One Playoff final at Wembley late last month.

Donald, who has proven popular with fans since taking control of the Stadium of Light from Ellis Short 12 months ago before steadying a very sturdy ship, admits he is set to lose out on the players, but hopes the could benefit the club with sell on clauses and an arrangement that would see some Liverpool players head the other way.

“We are having our players poached. There are two players who will go to Liverpool,” Donald said to the fan podcast, the Roker Rapport.

“We tried to keep them. We said to the parents ‘If you really want to go you have to put it in writing’. The parents have written in and said ‘Thank you Sunderland, we want our lads to go to Liverpool’.

“We could turn around and make that awkward and then they will go in the summer anyway.

“Or we can talk to Liverpool and try and get sell-ons, which they don’t have to give us. Both of those lads, because of the relationship we’ve got with Liverpool which could see some players come in the other direction, we’ve opted for a good working relationship (with).

“We’ve asked them if they will stay and they said no. So we made a commercial decision to try and get the best arrangement.”

Jürgen Klopp is unlikely to spend as big as he did last summer at Anfield, but there are suggestions he could go back in for Lyon star Nabil Fekir, who was all set to join last summer before the deal fell through. The Reds are keen to improve in midfield, particularly by adding more creativity.

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