A potential departure for returning Liverpool star Harry Wilson appears to be taking speed following the latest reports.

The Northern ECHO and The Mirror report Wilson, 23, is a prime target of both Newcastle and Leeds United.

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Premier League

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Harry Wilson of AFC Bournemouth celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-2 during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images )

Wilson was one of the leading transfer priorities of Newcastle manager Steve Bruce 12 months ago, and has made a big impact on loan at Bournemouth last season.

Despite being relegated with Eddie Howe’s former side, Wilson finished the season as the Cherries’ second-leading scorer with seven goals.

Reports also claim that Jurgen Klopp is keen to see the Wales international at first hand before making a decison on the player’s future next season.

It is even stated that there is still a chance Wilson could be integrated into Liverpool’s first-team group, but faces an almighty battle to force his way into the English champions’ matchday squad following the news that Premier League clubs voted this week to reduce the number of substitutes permitted per game ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Liverpool’s preferred interest would be to sell Wilson with the Reds deeming the forward to be valued at around £30 million.

 

However, due to the financial climate, it is unlikely that either Newcastle or Leeds would be inclined to bid anywhere near that amount.

Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool - Pre-Season Friendly

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Harry Wilson of Liverpool in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 11, 2018 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Opportunity

From a football perspective, it could be a great opportunity for Wilson to establish himself as a PL regular yet financially from Liverpool’s point of view there are number of issues behind a deal.

This makes the case of another loan move potentially the most sensible option as Liverpool look to retain the value of one of their best up-and-coming stars to have graduated from the academy set-up at Kirkby.

A key factor here is that Liverpool will retain his rights if a loan move was sanctioned. Wilson signed a long-term contract with the Reds in 2018 before moving to Derby County on loan and it could be in the club’s interest to offer Wilson a new deal to protect the value of the player.

Harry Wilson Signs Contract Extension For Liverpool FC

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 10: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUDNAY OUT) Harry Wilson signing a contract extension for Liverpool FC on July 10, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

This calls for some adjustment to be amended before a loan is approved. Liverpool may want the future of Wilson secured for even longer.

The business aspect of contract length and transfer values aside, this is a very interesting opportunity for Wilson to kick on with his own personal development.

Having been cast aside from the Bournemouth team in the penultimate stages of last season, Wilson will be seeking the best possible opportunity of securing regular action next term, and Newcastle’s relatively small squad could work in his favour.

It could allow him to develop, find his best position, and make himself a valuable asset to Liverpool for years to come.

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