Crystal Palace have submitted a formal offer for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, according to a report.
Brewster’s future at Anfield has come into question recently. The 20-year-old showed his potential on loan at Swansea last season, scoring 10 goals in 20 Championship games, but there may not be any space for him back at his parent club.
Monday’s papers hinted that Liverpool had decided to let him go and find more first team football elsewhere. And his potential exit has now moved a step closer.
According to Sky Sports, Crystal Palace have made a bid for Brewster. The Eagles have put £19m on the table, with a further £6m possibly heading Liverpool’s way in add-ons.
Roy Hodgson has been aware of Brewster’s potential for some time – having considered a move for him since before he temporarily left Anfield for Swansea in January.
The centre-forward is now on the verge of becoming a fully fledged Premier League player, and Hodgson wants to give him that opportunity at Palace.
Liverpool are aware that Brewster could go on to fulfil his potential and make them regret selling him. Therefore, they are insisting that they have a buyback clause.
Palace are willing to grant them this wish, with the asking price for the buyback set at £37m. Liverpool will have first refusal on Brewster if Palace decide to sell him later down the line.
PALACE AIMING TO BEAT COMPETITION FOR BREWSTER
The Eagles recently signed Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea, and Brewster would give them further firepower up front.
Sheffield United had made no secret of their interest in the Liverpool starlet, but they appear to have fallen behind in the race to sign him.
Newcastle and Brighton are also fond of Brewster, while Aston Villa had shown an interest before they signed Ollie Watkins.
Liverpool are now considering Palace’s offer for the striker, with Jurgen Klopp aware that they need to balance the books again after signing Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota recently.
However, Palace chairman Steve Parish has shut down the news as a “total fabrication”.
He tweeted: “We have asked Sky to take this down as it is a total fabrication from start to finish.
“We have not made a bid formal or informal.”