There’s less than two weeks left in the transfer window and Liverpool’s Harry Wilson is the name on every Burnley fan’s lips.
Reports emerged today linking the 23-year-old winger with a move to Turf Moor as Sean Dyche looks to bolster his squad. So far, there have been no new additions that appear likely to break into the Clarets’ first XI.
The age profile of the rising star would certainly suit Burnley, who need to start thinking about bringing down the average age of Dyche’s senior squad, which is one of the oldest in the Premier League.
Burnley look set to secure a move for Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens but creativity is something they are seeking more of before deadline day.
Here is a round-up of everything we know so far about Wilson’s future and Burnley’s interest in him.
It’s long been reported that Liverpool would be willing to listen to offers for their Wrexham-born academy graduate, who became Wales’ youngest-ever debutant at the age of 16 in 2013.
Wilson has found himself unable to break into the first-team picture at Anfield, but has impressed during loan stints over the past two seasons, first playing under Frank Lampard in the Championship before turning out for Bournemouth last term.
He was unable to steer Eddie Howe’s Cherries away from relegation last season, but caught the eye with seven Premier League goals.
Back in early August, The Mirror and the Liverpool Echo reported that Liverpool would be willing to offload Wilson, but only on a permanent deal as they look to raise funds for permanent signings.
Liverpool’s valuation amid need to recoup funds
The Premier League champions have now spent over £70m on new recruits Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago and Diogo Jota and are said to be looking to balance the books by selling their fringe players.
The Athletic report that Liverpool are looking to recoup their outgoings by selling up to six players.
Ki-Jana Hoever has already been sold to Wolves, while Wilson was mentioned alongside Marko Grujic, Nat Phillips, Loris Karius, Yasser Larouci and Rhian Brewster as players that could be edging towards the exit door.
The report went on to state, echoing reports elsewhere, that Liverpool value Wilson in the region of £20m.
Harry Wilson has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs this summer.
The Express reported earlier in September that Fulham were tracking him alongside fellow newly-promoted side Leeds United (via Daily Star).
The Birmingham Mail reported earlier in the summer that Aston Villa had enquired about his availability, while Southampton and Newcastle were also mentioned in the report as clubs to have been ‘in contact’.
The Athletic’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce announced earlier today that Liverpool are “in discussions with Burnley over the potential sale of Harry Wilson”.
That was followed by widespread reports by a number of outlets that a deal in the region of £15m is imminent - suggesting that Liverpool have lowered their asking price of £20m.
Sky Sports News report that the Clarets are in talks with Liverpool, and he could be set to follow Brighton’s Dale Stephens through the door in the coming days.
It doesn’t appear as though any deal has yet been sealed, but the Press Association report “a fee is yet to be agreed there is a degree of confidence a move will happen” (via Wales Online).