Chelsea FC have apparently joined the race to sign 18-year-old non-league striker Daniel Carr, who has completed his trial at Liverpool FC.

Chelsea FC Transfer News - Liverpool FC Transfer NewsDaniel Carr has turned a lot of heads this season with his performances for Ryman South Division One outfit Dulwich Hamlet. Carr has scored 23 goals in 23 games for the non-league club, which is brilliant considering the fact that Carr started out his career as a winger and has only recently being played in in the role of a striker. Interestingly Carr started his career at Reading, but was eventually released from the Premier League club.

The 18-year-old, who currently plies his trade seven leagues below the EPL, has taken Dulwich Hamlet on the verge of promotion. The non-league club has however received enquiries from 14 different clubs regarding the young striker this season. One of them was Liverpool and the Merseyside club had invited Carr for a trial a few days back. The youngster has returned to his club yesterday after the completion of his trial period and the club is now waiting on Liverpool’s response.

“Danny going to Liverpool may sound a bit out there, but last year we had Michael Chambers who went to Manchester United on a trial.

“Putting it in context, Danny’s an 18-year-old who has already been in that professional environment. And he’ll be training with the U18s age group – it’s not as if he’ll be training with Luis Saurez.

“Danny has a self-belief and he takes the interest in his stride. It is not arrogance but does think he can play and he likes a challenge.

“His natural personality said ‘Great, this is a challenge’. He has an enthusiastic child-like mentality to improve as much as he can, which is great.” – Dulwich Hamlet manager Gavin Rose was quoted in press.

But the manager also stated that the youngster is an important part of the squad and won’t be allowed to leave until the end of the season as they aim to achieve promotion.

“Whatever happens with Danny, he will be with us until the end of the season. These boys are all about promotion for us, and they want it as much as I do.

“We’ve had interest in the boys from all corners but we’re working it so it leaves us in a position where we know we’ll have our players until the end of the season.

“We don’t mind helping them as long as they focus on the job they need to do for Dulwich Hamlet.

“To be doing as well as they have done up to now is a testament to themselves, and if they have an opportunity to further their careers then it is the right thing for all parties to do.

“Come the summer, if they want to further their careers, then they will go with our blessing.” – Rose added.

But Liverpool might have to act quickly as recent reports suggest that Chelsea have entered the race for his signature and are looking to hijack Liverpool’s move. The London club has invited him to train with their youth team and have started their negotiations with the non-league club.

Either way, it seems like Daniel Carr will be seen in the Premier League next season.