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Report: Herbie Kane set to complete permanent transfer to Barnsley

Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane is close to securing a permanent deal to join Barnsley ahead of the EFL deadline on Friday, claim the ECHO.

Kane, 21 was originally expected to sign for the Championship outfit on loan but according to the ECHO Liverpool were made to strike a deal after a seven-figure agreement was struck with the Premier League champions.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER: Herbie Kane of Liverpool runs with the ball during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park on December 17, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

The Bristol-born midfielder had attracted interest from other Championship clubs although Barnsley were the only ones dubbed willing to push through a permanent transfer.

According to Neil Jones of Goal, Kane is expected to finalise a medical today and could make his debut on Saturday against his home-town club Bristol City. The fee for the youngster is reported to be worth £1.25m including add-ons. Liverpool will also have a 15 per cent sell-on clause. Barnsley saw off competition from Luton, Hull and Portsmouth to sign 21-year-old midfielder.

Kane has clocked up just two senior appearances for the Reds since signing from Bristol City as a teenager back in 2013. Both matches took place in the Carabao Cup last season before joining Hull City on loan for the remainder of the campaign in January.

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It was a disappointing campaign for the Tigers with the club relegated to League One after finishing rock-bottom in the table.

He managed to feature just seven times for Hull before a back injury blighted his process under Grant McCann whom Kane also endured a loan spell with at Doncaster Rovers during the 2018/19 campaign.

Kane made the League One Team of the Season in his inaugural campaign in professional football after clocking up 49 appearances and scoring seven goals.

It has been a terribly unfortunate period for a player that is highly regarded among the coaching staff at Anfield. Kane was previously predicted for greatness by his former coach and current Rangers manager Gerrard.

In his 2016 autobiography, the former Liverpool under-18’s manager tipped Kane as well as teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold as two upcoming talents who were destined for stardom.

“These boys (Alexander-Arnold and Kane) really caught my eye,” wrote Gerrard in My Story (2016), who is arguably the most influential captain in Liverpool’s history.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 20: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Herbie Kane of Liverpool passes the PSG pennant to a coach at the start of the Premier League International Cup game at the Kirkby Academy on December 20, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

If a seven-figure agreement has been met then it would represent excellent business for both parties.

Kane has been a bright spark in Liverpool’s academy for years and has regularly captained the young Reds in the UEFA Youth League.

However, given Jurgen Klopp’s array of world-class midfield options, Kane wasn’t quite able to make the grade in the senior set-up. There is no shame in that as the likes of Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson have also felt the full force of the relentless competitiveness for places that currently exists in Liverpool’s PL-winning squad.

Securing regular football is exactly what Kane needs to kick on again with his career and the fact that he looks set to secure a permanent move offers greater clarity regarding his future prospects.

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