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.
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.
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.
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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