Liverpool in to sign in-demand Charlton defender Joe Gomez

In-demand: Joe Gomez
In-demand: Joe Gomez

Liverpool are reportedly interested in securing the signature of in-demand Charlton defender Joe Gomez.

No official bid has yet been made but the Anfield representatives reportedly have a strong interest in the 18-year-old centre-back.

Arsenal, Aston Villa and Spurs have also been watching Gomez, a player Charlton value at up to £7m.

Gomez played 24 times for the Addicks last season and has also represented England at U16, U17 and U19 level.

The Catford-born player was part of the England side that won the 2014 European U17 Championships and was named in UEFA's team of the tournament.

"I always looked up to Ferdinand when I was younger because he was an English centre-back at the top level - plus he was a ball-playing one too," Gomez said back in December.

A tall, pacy defender who can play as a right back or centre back, Gomez enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Charlton this season, making a total of 24 appearances for the Championship outfit.

Catford-raised, Gomez joined Charlton as a 10-year-old, and he quickly progressed  through the ranks at The Valley, playing for their' U18 side at the age of 14.

He is regarded one of the hottest young prospects in English football.

Ross Murphy