Liverpool winger Harry Wilson is close to joining Cardiff City on loan for the season, according to various reports.
Wilson spent last season away from Anfield after joining Bournemouth on loan. Despite suffering relegation, he did reasonably well in his first full season in the Premier League.
However, there is no room left for him back at his parent club. Therefore, Liverpool have been looking for a potential suitor for Wilson all summer.
The Wales international ultimately failed to secure a permanent move away before the October 5th transfer deadline. He even made a rare appearance for Liverpool in their Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal, missing the decisive penalty.
With domestic deals still allowed until 5pm on October 16th, Liverpool have been trying to offload Wilson to the Championship. Now, they are closing in on doing so.
According to Sky Sports, BBC, The Athletic and more, Wilson will join Cardiff on a season-long loan. It will be the first time he has played club football for a Welsh side, but will still allow him to compete in the English pyramid.
Cardiff will pay £1.2m to take Wilson on loan. They will also cover his wages.
Sky claim there had also been interest from Swansea, who saw their own loan offer rejected after not coming up with the appropriate fee. Reading, Bristol City and Derby – the latter having had him on loan before – were all also keen.
There had also been interest from other Premier League teams, but they are no longer permitted to sign him – at least until January.
However, regular football is essential for 23-year-old Wilson, who is therefore on the verge of a move to the EFL instead.
Wilson one of five to make way?
Reports earlier this week suggested that Wilson would not be the only youngster leaving Liverpool before the domestic deadline.
In fact, four other players are in line to leave the club for an EFL side. Among those is Herbie Kane, who will reportedly join Barnsley on a permanent basis.
Reports on Friday indicate that Liverpool will bank around £1.25m from the sale of Kane, who made two Carabao Cup appearances for the Reds last season.
According to BBC Sport, Liverpool will also have a 15 per cent sell-on clause for the midfielder.