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Report: Wilson set for Cardiff loan

Harry Wilson is set for another loan spell with Cardiff favourites to land the Welsh international ahead of the Championship deadline at 5pm today.

Wilson is deemed surplus to requirements at the Liverpool champions and has been linked to a host of clubs both in the Premier League and the second tier. 

Swansea were believed to be favourites until earlier this week but financial constraints meant that they could not get the deal over the line.

The BBC reports that their Welsh rivals have come over the top and are set to land the highly prized 23 year-old for the rest of this season.

The academy graduate has only made two senior Liverpool appearances and that is due to loan spells at Crewe, Hull, Derby and most recently Bournemouth.

His performances under Frank Lampard at Derby during the 2018/9 season was a major factor in the Rams progressing all the way to the playoff final where they were defeated by Aston Villa.

 

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That brought some hope that the winger could be part of Jurgen Klopp’s senior squad but competition for spots in Liverpool’s midfield was fierce and it was thought another season on loan albeit this time at a Premier League club would be of real benefit.

Klopp has often spoke glowingly of Wilson most recently after his outing in the League Cup where he missed the deciding penalty in the shootout against Arsenal.

“Harry Wilson, my God, he played in centre-mid and defended well," he said after the game. "I like a lot of parts of the game but we lost in the end and that's the part I don't like.”

Despite his promise, it seems like Wilson’s future lies away from Anfield.

 

 

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Liverpool winger Harry Wilson is joining Cardiff City on loan for the rest of the season, reports James Pearce. The Premier League champions will receive a loan fee in excess of £1 million for the Wales international and the Championship outfit will cover all of his wages.

Did Liverpool not want to sell Wilson permanently?

Yes, if someone had met their valuation but no such offers were forthcoming. 

 

They rejected a bid of £12 million plus £3 million to potentially follow in add-ons from Burnley as they held out for £15 million guaranteed. 

 

Initially, Liverpool wouldn’t consider a loan for Wilson but that stance changed once the early October transfer deadline passed which meant he couldn’t be sold to a Premier League club. 

 

Liverpool came to the conclusion that both his development and his value would be enhanced by playing regularly in the Championship for the rest of this season rather than staying on the fringes of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Did Cardiff beat anyone else to his signature?

Liverpool were inundated with loan offers from Championship clubs, including Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Swansea City. 

 

They held talks with Wilson and his agent to discuss them following his return from international duty on Thursday. Cardiff ultimately won the battle because they were able to meet Liverpool’s financial requirements and boss Neil Harris also did a great job in convincing Wilson to make the move.

How did Cardiff get him for so little?

Selling Wilson was never realistic once the initial window had closed because no Championship club was ever going to meet his valuation. 

 

Liverpool’s motivation once they decided to loan him out was finding the right place for him to continue developing so they were happy to take a £1 million plus loan fee and have his wages covered.

Was he keen to drop down to the Championship?

Ideally, Wilson would have stayed in the Premier League. He proved during his loan at Bournemouth last season that he belongs at that level. 

 

He was open to joining Burnley if a deal had been agreed between the clubs. But faced with spending the coming months having to settle for under-23s football at Liverpool, he was happy to drop down a level. He will be a massive asset for Cardiff and is keen to help spearhead their promotion push.

Is anyone else going to leave Anfield on deadline day?

Midfielder Herbie Kane is off to Barnsley in a deal worth £1.25 million. 

 

The club have also negotiated a 15 per cent sell-on clause for the 21-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull City. Barnsley beat off strong competition from Luton Town, alongside interest from Hull and Portsmouth. 

 

Ben Woodburn (loan) and Nat Phillips (permanent) could also leave Liverpool prior to today’s domestic deadline.

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