Swansea City boss Steve Cooper admits he likes Harry Wilson. The Swans reportedly had a bid rejected by Liverpool this week.
Steve Cooper is clearly a big admirer of Harry Wilson. The Swansea City boss has openly discussed the player and it sounds as though he’d quite like him at the club.
“I know Harry and his family very well, from his time at Liverpool and where he grew up,” said Cooper, per WalesOnline. “I do like Harry a lot. It’s really good when you’ve worked with players through their development.
“The first time I tried to sign Harry was when he was under eight when I was Wrexham, but he signed for Liverpool. But when you work with young players, it’s brilliant to see them do well. In Harry’s case, he’s had some good Championship experience already and he’s shown he’s more than capable of excelling at that level already.
“Premier League last year he scored seven goals, which is a good number in a team that got relegated.
“If we’re lucky enough to entice players of Harry’s qualities to us then that’s a good thing. You always want to bring young and exciting players in.”
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Cooper’s comments come after Sky Sports claim Swansea bid for Wilson. The Swans made a loan offer but Liverpool rejected it, wanting ‘greater financial commitment’.
It’s no surprise that Cooper likes him, though. The Swansea boss worked as a Liverpool youth coach for five years, helping to develop Wilson.
But on top of that, Wilson proved himself in the Premier League last season. He’d be a real coup for any Championship club ahead of Friday’s domestic transfer deadline and Swansea are, perhaps at the top of the list.
They’ve got an ex-Liverpool coach, they’re a team that made the play-offs last year and, of course, Rhian Brewster thrived there in 2020.
Making things tougher, though, is that Liverpool reportedly consider Wilson to be a £20m asset. They won’t let him go on the cheap, then, nor will they send him anywhere that could stifle his development.
But in Cooper, they surely wouldn’t need to worry about the latter.