Liverpool attacking midfielder Cameron Brannagan is set to complete a transfer to Oxford United today (Thursday), according to a reliable journalist.
ESPN FC and Football Insider correspondent Pete O’Rourke reported on his personal Twitter account this morning that Brannagan will be imminently announced as a new signing by the League One club.
— Pete O’Rourke (@SportsPeteO) January 11, 2018
This comes after reports in the last week that the Liverpool player, 21, has been offered a two-and-a-half year contract by Oxford manager Pep Clotet, who was the number two at Leeds United last season.
Clotet is keen to add technical players to his squad as they push for promotion to the Championship and the youngster, a regular scorer for Liverpool at Under-23s level, where his 71 matches have yielded 13 goals, fits the bill.
Brannagan made nine senior appearances for the Reds during the 2015-16 season, his debut coming as a substitute against Bordeaux in the Europa League.
He made his full Premier League bow at West Brom on the final day of that campaign, impressing in the process, but has subsequently slipped down the pecking order.
Good move for Liverpool?
When Klopp came into the club it looked as though Brannagan would be one of the club’s youth players that could make it at senior level. But it has not worked out for the player who once attracted interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, and who the German once said has “everything you need” in a midfield player. His disastrous loan to Fleetwood last season was a sign of things to come and a move away now looks like the best option for all parties, although Liverpool will regret that it has not worked out for someone who has been on their books since the age of five.
This is Futbol rating: 7/10
Likely to happen?
This is all but a done deal. Ex-Sky Sports man O’Rourke is a transfer expert with excellent contacts. If he says an announcement is close, expect confirmation imminently.
This is Futbol rating: 9/10