Watford lead the chase for Liverpool starlet

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2016 1:19

Jerome Sinclair: Equalises at Exeter

Liverpool youngster Jerome Sinclair is closing in on a move to Watford, according to reports.

The 19-year-old forward is looking for a move away from the club after turning down a new contract offer and the Hornets are believed to be in pole position to sign the player.

Sinclair, who scored in last week’s FA Cup draw with Exeter in his first start for the club, is out of contract at Anfield at the end of the season and looks set to start again against the Grecians in the cup replay at Anfield.

When asked about Sinclair going to Watford at Tuesday’s press conference, boss Jurgen Klopp said: “I have nothing to say about this. Jerome is very young, so in a situation he has skills, but physically it’s not easy for him in a central position in a Premier League game, to survive.

“It’s not important to get the highest wages of your life in your first year, it’s about getting a good education.

“I like Jerome, he’s a good talent. If he wants to stay with us then he’s welcome, if not then we can’t stop it.

“We need young players who want to learn, if they feel it’s the right place to learn then good. We can do that next season but not now. There’s no rush.

“I cannot make decisions for them, we can only offer things and first of all education.”

Sinclair, who has been interesting Manchester City, is also wanted by Spanish side Espanyol and Dutch outfit Groningen and with Liverpool keen to cash in on him now rather than receive a compensation fee in the summer, a deal could be pushed through this month.

Sinclair is the youngest player to have ever played a first-team match for Liverpool, making his debut in a League Cup clash against West Brom in 2012 aged 16 years and six days. And Watford think the England youth international has the potential to make rapid development as he provides cover for front pairing of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo.

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