Harry Wilson is on the verge of joining Cardiff City after a loan fee was agreed with Liverpool according to Sky Sports.
The report claims that the Championship outfit are in advanced talks with the Reds over the signing of the Wales international on a season-long loan with a deal finalised to be concluded before Friday’s transfer deadline.
The Bluebirds have reportedly agreed on a loan fee with the Premier League champions, with Derby County, Swansea City, Reading and Bristol City also in the running for the 23-year-old. It’s a deal which will see them pay what sources describe as a “significant” loan fee, and are understood to have convinced Wilson and his representatives that they will offer the right “football package”.
According to reports from The Mail, Liverpool could be set to rake in £3 million for the versatile attacker.
Goal previously reported that Liverpool had rejected an offer from Swansea earlier this week after they were unable to meet the club’s financial demands.
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However, it appears that Cardiff, managed by Neil Harris, have won this particular race. Wilson could now make his debut for his new club at Preston as early as Sunday afternoon.
What RTK has to say
The Championship could still be the best option for both Wilson and Liverpool this season and the Reds will not want a repeat of last year.
Wilson spent the 2019/20 season on loan with AFC Bournemouth and preformed well. However, during the crunch period of the campaign, the Cherries put the Welshman on the back-burner.
He failed to clock up more than 45 minutes of competitive action after the restart with Bournemouth fully engaged in a relegation battle – which they, of course, lost – and the club suddenly had greater priorities than developing one of their loan stars.
Bournemouth are by no reason in the wrong for this and should not be held accountable either. You cannot blame them for wanting to secure the financial value of the players they already had which ultimately hindered Wilson’s progress.
Liverpool will not have been pleased and will not want a repeat of such this term. If the Reds loan him to a Premier League club they risk history repeating itself for another year – the player’s value plummets. Suddenly someone they value at £20m won’t fetch anywhere near that.
And Liverpool cannot afford to be in the same position next summer. They value their player at £20m and want to guarantee he’s worth at least that by the end of the season. And for that, Wilson needs the guarantee and commitment to play.