Sheffield United have been given permission to agree on personal terms with Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster as the Reds striker edges closer to a move to Bramall Lane, claim The Mail.
Chris Wilder has reportedly gained an advantage over Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace who were also in the running for Brewster.
No deal has been agreed as of yet but the report claims that ongoing discussions are ‘positive’ and the Blades have been allowed to negotiate terms with the England under-21 international.
Brewster, 20, has been a top transfer target of Wilder’s for some time now and United have formally made a £17 million offer to land the Liverpool forward and are willing to include the Reds’ desired buy-back option to seal the deal.
Liverpool value Brewster at around £20 million but are willing to have performance-related add-ons included in the deal.
Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of Brewster but maintains that a pathway into the first team setup isn’t viable at the moment given the array of attacking options currently at the manager’s disposal.
A reason for the delay in the deal is because Liverpool themselves are determined to find the appropriate location for Brewster to make the next required step in his development.
He benefitted from a successful loan spell with Swansea last season which saw him clock up 11 goals in 22 appearances under Steve Cooper. The Swans were determined to bring Brewster back to south-Wales but were aware that Liverpool were determined to see the striker remain in the Premier League for the Reds to keep closer tabs on him.
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This is a deal that hopefully will be finalised in the coming days as Brewster looks kick on from his impressive excursions with the Reds in pre-season.
Despite scoring twice during arranged friendlies against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg, Brewster has yet to feature in any of Klopp’s first-team squads other than in the Community Shield where he missed a crucial spot-kick in the defeat to Arsenal.
Considering Roberto Firmino is only 28 and Liverpool have just invested £45 million in Diogo Jota, the reality is that opportunities are thin in a squad that looks well equipped to go the distance in the Premier League once again.
Moving to Bramall Lane certainly looks the best option given the club’s need for a natural goalscoring presence to get them out of a rut that currently sees them rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Wilder and his team are yet to score in single goal in their opening three matches and they are crying out for more attacking options. The signing of Brewster could be their saving grace.
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