Liverpool have rejected a loan deal for Harry Wilson to join Swansea City leaving Derby County the favourites to secure the services of the Wales international, claim The Athletic.

Liverpool v Arsenal - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: (THE SUN,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Harry Wilson of Liverpool during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 01, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around United Kingdom remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Reds failed to offload Wilson during the international transfer window on a permanent deal with Liverpool previously holding out for a £20 million fee according to The Mirror.

The domestic transfer window is still open ahead of the EFL deadline of Friday, 5 pm, and a host of Championship clubs have been touted with an interest in signing Wilson for the season.

Swansea were in pole position to add the Welshman to their ranks following their handling of former Reds striker Rhian Brewster on loan last season, but financially the deal proposed by the club was a non-starter.

It is now reported that Derby are the favourites to sign Wilson on loan although there is yet to be an agreement in place between the two clubs.

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Wilson played a pivotal role in helping guide the Rams to the Championship play-off finals back in 2019 where the 23-year-old enjoyed a breakout season under the guidance of now-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

Liverpool are keen to let Wilson leave if the club’s financially advantageous terms are met, as well as picking the right destination from a footballing perspective.

Liverpool Training Session

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on September 26, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

With the ongoing pandemic proven costly in Liverpool’s attempts to strike a permanent fee for Wilson, the club’s next best bet is to increase the player’s value by giving him regular game time at another club ahead of the 2021 summer window.

Liverpool were recently knocked out of the Carabao Cup which was in effect Wilson’s only viable route of featuring for the first-team which limits the likelihood of playing regularly under Jurgen Klopp.

Allowing a player of Wilson’s quality to just play for the under-23’s just wouldn’t make sense from a financial point of view for Liverpool nor would it serve towards the player’s development.

If Liverpool are able to find the right club that can elevate the player’s talents for the 2020/21 season then it could put Wilson in the shop window for a permanent move next season when hopefully the economic climate has substantially changed for the better.

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