Liverpool attacker Harry Wilson is on the verge of joining Cardiff City on loan.

The Wales international has been subject to numerous transfer speculation throughout the summer window with Liverpool reportedly keen to land around £20 million for a permanent deal for Wilson but no club proved willing to sanction such a move.

Wales Training Session

CARDIFF, WALES – OCTOBER 7: Harry Wilson of Wales in action during the Wales Training Session at The Vale Resort on October 7, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Burnley previously had a £12m bid plus £3m in add-ons rejected last month before the Clarets pulled out of negotiations altogether.

Wilson recently returned to Liverpool following international duty for Wales and the 23-year-old came back to Melwood with an accelerated interest from both Swansea and Cardiff ahead of today’s transfer deadline at 5 pm.

The former were unable to table a financial package that Liverpool deemed was suitable enough to sanction a loan deal before Cardiff swooped to get ahead of the game with a host of other Championship clubs also interested in Wilson.

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According to The ECHO, the Premier League champions held talks with Wilson and his representatives and in the midst of the financial crisis that has followed the ongoing pandemic, it was decided that a temporary move back to his homeland was the best outcome for the young forward.

Wilson made his first Liverpool appearance since January 2017 during the Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal at the beginning of the month – which also saw the Welshman miss the crucial spot-kick – as he looks set for another yearly sabbatical away from Anfield.

Liverpool Training Session

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Neco Williams of Liverpool with Harry Wilson of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on September 29, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

His return to the Championship represents the best financial option currently available to Liverpool given the limited opportunities currently in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Club officials believe that a short-term move away from Liverpool represents the best option for all parties as regular football in the Welsh capital could see his value heightened ahead of the 2021 summer transfer window.

Wilson will move to Cardiff for a £1.2m loan deal in the knowledge that he will be a regular starter which will increase the likelihood of securing a permanent buyer for Wilson if he performs well in the Championship as opposed to Liverpool’s U23 side.

With Liverpool’s elimination from the Carabao Cup confirmed, the maintenance of Xherdan Shaqiri and the attacking addition of Diogo Jota meant the writing was effectively on the wall for Wilson in regards to first-team opportunities with the English champions.

After being omitted from Liverpool’s Champions League squad and having been snubbed from all four of Klopp’s PL matchday squads, Wilson and the club’s recruitment team have quickly come together to find an alternative that is in the best interest of both parties.

It could prove to be a win-win for everyone involved.

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