Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever is close to sealing a move to Wolves after the Reds performed a U-turn on his future, according to a report.
The 18-year-old only signed a new long-term contract last summer, after his 2018 move from Ajax.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool insiders were initially keen to send him out on loan for the current campaign.
The newspaper claims, though, that they have changed their minds and are close to agreeing his permanent exit.
Liverpool and Wolves have reportedly agreed the terms of Hoever’s move, which will cost around £10million.
Wolves reportedly eye Hoever, a right-back by trade, as an option on the right of defence, as well as at centre-back.
Indeed, he will likely earn game time following Matt Doherty’s recent move to Tottenham.
Hoever made his Liverpool debut last January against Wolves in the third round of the FA Cup. In replacing the injured Dejan Lovren that evening, he became the Reds’ youngest debutant.
Although, 17-year-old Harvey Elliott has now taken that accolade.
In the 2019/20 season, Hoever made three further first-team appearances. He featured in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup ties against MK Dons and Aston Villa, while also playing in the FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Shrewsbury.
LIVERPOOL RESETTING BALANCE SHEET AMID THIAGO DEAL
Liverpool’s decision to sell Hoever could be linked to the club’s decision to step up interest in Thiago Alcantara.
The Reds agreed an initial £20million deal with Bayern Munich for the midfielder. Boss Jurgen Klopp has continually reiterated his side’s financial model of spending the funds earned.
The £10million sale of Hoever, added to the £10.9million departure of Dejan Lovren, would balance the books at Anfield.
However, Liverpool could yet offload more young talent. Sheffield United are keen on young striker Rhian Brewster and the latest reports claim a bid has arrived from the Blades.