According to reports from Goal, Hull City are now the favourites to sign Ben Woodburn from Liverpool before the transfer deadline on Monday.

It has been reported that Woodburn – described as “an outstanding talent” by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Sky Sports in January 2019 – is among a host of Reds players expected to leave the club in the next few days.

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WIGAN, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Ben Woodburn of Liverpool U21s in action during the EFL Trophy Northern Group D match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool U21s at the DW Stadium on September 22, 2020 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus)

Woodburn, 20, was on the verge of a move to Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam, however, a deal has since stalled and League One outfit Hull are now ready to swoop.

Both clubs are reported to be in talks regarding a potential loan deal for the young midfielder who spent the 2019/20 campaign in the same division following his time with Oxford United.

Negotiations are still at a formative stage, but Hull remain confident that a deal can be struck before the transfer window closes on October 5.

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Woodburn was set to benefit from a move abroad amid serious interest from Sparta Rotterdam with Pep Lijnders a key influence in the move believing that the Eredivisie would be the perfect platform to suit the player’s style of play.

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KIRKBY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 13: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Ben Woodburn of Liverpool and Josh Bowler of Everton in action during the PL2 match at The Kirkby Academy on September 13, 2020 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

He has been a regular feature under Barry Lewtas and Liverpool’s under-23 side so far this season. He was named captain of the young Reds in all three of their Premier League 2 fixtures and most recently scored in the 5-3 win over Manchester United last week.

Capped 10 times for Wales, Woodburn has struggled with a number of injury setbacks in the past, and made only 16 appearances for Oxford playing a part for the club en route to the play-off semi-finals.

Prior to his time with Oxford, Woodburn endured a short-lived spell with Chris Wilder at then-Championship side Sheffield United clocking up just eight appearances.

Woodburn made his Liverpool debut as a 17-year-old in November 2016 and three days later became the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer after he netted during a 2-0 League Cup win over Leeds United – a match that also saw a certain Trent Alexander-Arnold make his first Reds appearance.

However, he hasn’t featured under Jurgen Klopp in over two years with his last appearance occurring in May 2018 following a six-minute cameo during a 4-0 win against Brighton.

The transfer deadline will conclude on Monday, although domestic deals can still be completed up to Friday, October 16.

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