Football Insider’s Pete O’Rourke is reporting that Newcastle are looking to beat Aston Villa to the signing of Liverpool’s Harry Wilson.
The links to Wilson have grown quiet over the past few months after it was declared that he would be given a chance at Liverpool this pre-season. However prior to that his price had reportedly been set at £21M.
Could this mean that Newcastle have turned their attention from Allan Saint-Maximin or Jarrod Bowen and towards the Liverpool winger? Or could this be a loan deal that Newcastle are pursuing in addition to bringing in either of the aforementioned wingers?
Harry Wilson– excellent on loan at Derby
The 22-year-old has started each of Liverpool’s four friendlies this pre-season so maybe Jurgen Klopp has made a decision to let Wilson go this summer. The report says that both Aston Villa and Newcastle are open to either a loan deal or a permanent move for Wilson.
We would have to imagine that Aston Villa would only be able to bring the player in on loan as they already have made ten signings for well over £100m this summer. They also have bought two right-wingers in adding Anwar El Ghazi permanently as well as Jota from Birmingham City.
This may be a good option for Newcastle even as a loan if they still do bring in some other forwards. Wilson is an excellent set-piece taker and Liverpool would likely want to loan him to a Premier League club as he was at Derby all of last season.
He was superb last season as he made a total of 48 appearances and scored an incredible 18 goals with 6 assists in the Championship. It could be that Liverpool want him to get a full season in the Premier League before making a permanent decision on his future.
He is not likely to get any games at Anfield this season and a year without first-team football could prove detrimental to his development. So if Newcastle could get him either permanently, on loan with an option to buy, or even just on loan; it could be a good deal for the club.