Liverpool Captures Yet Another Teenage Player

Sports | June 28, 2007, Thursday // 00:00

Athletic Bilbao teenage central defender Mikel San Jose signed Thursday a deal with Liverpool just hours after the transfer of Bulgaria's U-21 goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov have been completed.

The 18-year-old Spanish football player is to join the Reds for a reported fee of GBP 270,000.

"For us it is bad news, but Mikel has decided on the choice of Liverpool and it was impossible for us to fight against a European giant," Athletic Bilbao said in a statement.

"It was a surprise for me but I have decided to accept the chance at Liverpool. I am very excited but I know I have to work more each day to get in the first team," San Jose said.

Another two teenage players, who have been recently captured by the Reds are Hungarian strike duo Krisztian Nemeth, 18, and 17-year-old Andras Simon, who are expected to play in the reserves.

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