Liverpool journalist James Pearce has been sharing his thoughts on Reds winger Harry Wilson and his future at the Merseyside club.
This comes after Pearce recently made a guest appearance on the latest video from Liverpool-themed YouTube channel Anfield Agenda where he spoke about the latest news topics surrounding Jurgen Klopp’s side at this moment in time.
After it was recently reported that fellow Premier League club Burnley had made a bid totalling £16 million to the Merseyside club to sign Wilson, Pearce had this to say on the winger and his future at Liverpool.
He said: “I know for a fact that when he went out on loan to Bournemouth, the agreement between him and Liverpool was that there wouldn’t be another loan after that.
“Either he would come back to Liverpool and [he’d have] earned his opportunity to show what he can do or he would be moved on permanently.
“As you say, I think at this stage in his career, there’s an acceptance all round that he does need to put down some roots rather than, [keep] on being moved around on loan spells.
“Liverpool aren’t a million miles away with the negotiations they’ve had with Burnley. I think Burnley offered £12 million, plus £4 million in add-ons.
“I think Liverpool want £15 million guaranteed and then the add-ons would probably push that up closer to the £20 million mark. My understanding was that Burnley hadn’t come back and met those demands as of yet.”
In his time at Bournemouth, Wilson, who is currently valued at £15.75 million, made a total of 31 appearances for the club in the Premier League in which he managed to score seven goals along the way.
Wilson’s performances in those appearances earned him a fairly uninspiring season rating of 6.52/10, making him Bournemouth’s 13th-highest rated player for their previous campaign that saw them get relegated from the top-flight.
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Given that Wilson managed to score himself some goals in the Premier League last season, this shows that he has what it takes to be an attacking threat in the top flight.
However, his performances may not be quite at the standard that Liverpool want in their squad, which could therefore be the reason why Burnley are apparently trying to work out a deal with Liverpool to take Wilson off their hands.
With the current summer transfer window set to close next week, it’ll be interesting to see if Burnley manage to sign the Welshman before then or if he will remain at Liverpool for the season.