According to Andy Jones of The Athletic, Burnley have pulled out of the race to sign Liverpool forward Harry Wilson after the Clarets had a £12 million bid rejected earlier this week.
Understand Burnley have pulled out of talks with Liverpool to sign Harry Wilson. Clubs had been in discussions over possible deal after bid of £12m+£4m add-ons made last week. Believed Liverpool wanted a package rising to near £20m with at least £15m guaranteed. #twitterclarets
— Andy Jones (@adjones_journo) October 2, 2020
Wilson, 23, clocked up only his second senior appearance and his first in three-and-a-half years during Liverpool’s Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal on Thursday night. The Wales international played the full 90 minutes and missed the decisive penalty as Mikel Arteta handed the Reds a third defeat at the hands of the Spaniard since July.
Capped 17-times for his country, Wilson has made a name for himself following loan spells with Hull City and then Derby County – where he scored 18 goals under Frank Lampard during 2018-19. At Bournemouth last term, he netted seven times in the English top-flight.
Wilson appeared set to join Sean Dyche’s Clarets following talks between the two clubs over the past week. However, an offer of £12 million-plus £4 million in add-ons was rejected by Liverpool, who are reported by The Athletic to want an overall pay package of around £20 million, including at least £15 million up-front.
Such demands implemented by Liverpool’s notoriously tough negotiator and sporting director Michael Edwards have since seen Burnley pull out of deal for the Welshman.
According to a recent report from Goal, Leeds, Villa, Newcastle, Southampton and Fulham have expressed interest in Wilson, while Burnley have submitted a bid of £12million. Leicester and Brendan Rodgers were keen earlier on in the window.
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With Burnley failing to improve their bid, Edwards and Jurgen Klopp had no concerns in throwing Wilson in the deep end during against Arsenal, in what was his first appearance for the Reds since his debut in an FA Cup third-round clash with Plymouth Argyle back in January 2017.
In fact, following recent reports that Xherdan Shaqiri, who was left out of Thursday night’s squad, is set to leave Liverpool amid growing interest from two unspecified clubs, Liverpool could now be more inclined to keep hold of Wilson.
Liverpool cannot afford to let a third attacking option leave the club this summer after the Reds agreed a £23.5 million deal with Sheffield United to sell Rhian Brewster.
Diogo Jota was recently brought in to supply sufficient forward depth yet with two attackers set to leave the club in the next few days, there could be an opening for Wilson to break back into the squad.
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