Leeds’ transfer hopes alive after Swansea hit two problems with Liverpool deal

Harry McMullen

Leeds United could still be in with a chance of landing Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster on loan, following a breakdown in talks between Swansea City and Liverpool, it is claimed.

Swansea and Liverpool were in advanced talks over the possible signing of the forward on loan but negotiations have come to a standstill.

According to The Independent, the two clubs have disagreed on Liverpool’s game time demands and Brewster’s personal demands.

The game time demands would allow Liverpool to fine Swansea should Brewster not receive enough game time – something the Reds had previously imposed on Bristol City in 2018 when the Robins didn’t play on loan midfielder Ryan Kent.

Swansea are also said to have been opposed to some of Brewster’s personal details such as goal bonuses.

It is believed Swansea boss Steve Cooper had agreed a deal with the world champions without a fee for Brewster – with the 19-year-old ready to travel to South Wales to finalise the move on Tuesday.

Now the reported breakdown in communication could see other clubs hijack the potential move.

Reports suggest that Leeds United and Bristol City are waiting in the wings to make a late swoop for the Under-17 World Cup winner.



Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has already openly admitted he is searching for a striker as a back up for Patrick Bamford at Elland Road following the departure of Eddie Nketiah last week.

United had been looking at the possibility of recruiting Che Adams and Luke Freeman to replace Nketiah but Brewster could be a better fit.

Steve Cooper will be hoping the two clubs can reinstate their negotiations as he is keen to be reunited with a player he worked with as manager of the England Under-17s.

In the 2017 Under-17’s World Cup, England won the tournament with Brewster earning the Golden Boot award under Cooper’s management.

Since then, the teenager has been sought-after but injuries have hindered his development somewhat.

If Swansea completely withdraw their interest, Brewster and Liverpool will not be short on loan options given his potential.