Harry Wilson in line to join Fulham as Cottagers leads signing race
Fulham is now leading the race for Liverpool and Wales international Harry Wilson, according to reports.
The Cottagers, relegated last season, are preparing an instant return to the top flight and would recruit someone with vast and crucial know-how at this level.
Wilson has made his mark in the division in recent years, impressing on loan with Hull City, County Derby and most recently Cardiff City, where he scored seven times and provided 12 assists the previous season.
He also spent time with Bournemouth, and although the Cherries’ relegation has led Wilson to believe he received a ‘tough deal’ it is understood that the better offer will prompt Liverpool to part ways with the 24-year-old.
A report from Goal’s Neil Jones says it is almost certain Wilson will leave and Fulham could be the best outing for him.
It remains to be seen whether Fulham is ready to live up to the Merseyside club’s £ 15million assessment for the playmaker, although agreeing on personal terms does not appear to be an issue.
Liverpool are aware that Fulham has spent similar fees on talented forwards in the past, such as Anthony Knockaert, Ivan Cavaliero and Bobby Decordova-Reid in an attempt to secure second tier promotion, and a player of Wilson’s pedigree would represent a blow for Marco Silva’s side ahead of the next campaign.
Fulham will face stiff competition for Wilson, however, with West London rivals Brentford supposedly keeping an eye out as they look to implement the experience in the squad.
Cardiff has reportedly expressed interest in bringing the talented winger back to the Welsh capital, however, it appears they have been barred from a move.
Portuguese giants Benfica have also reportedly inquired about a possible loan transfer, but after a series of temporary spells away from Anfield, Liverpool now believe the time has come to move Wilson permanently.
Wilson himself has expressed his desire to find a permanent home, whether with the club where he received his football training or elsewhere. In April Wilson told Sgorio: “I think my senior career has been elsewhere so far.
“I’m 150, 200 deep appearances now and only a few have been to Liverpool. The club will always be close to my heart, but if that means stepping away to further my career, so be it. “
He first joined Liverpool at the age of eight and turned heads with the academy, although he only made two senior appearances for the Reds after his debut in January 2016.
Wilson has two more years on his current contract and although he has joined the team in Austria for the club’s pre-season training camp, it looks certain he will leave the club in his quest for regular minutes.
Last year a £ 12million offer from Burnley was turned down but Liverpool believe they could now part ways with the North Walian for a higher price after even more progress in South Wales.
In order to raise funds and bet on a new title offering next time around, Jurgen Klopp is building a mass exodus, with people like Sheyi Ojo, Marko Grujic, Xherdan Shaqiri reportedly approaching the exit door.
Welsh internationals Ben Woodburn and Neco Williams, the latter of whom appeared at EURO 2020 alongside Wilson, are also linked with a move elsewhere.
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