Newcastle United are interested in Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, who has starred for Derby County in the Championship this season.
22-year-old Wilson ticks plenty of Newcastle’s boxes and boasts the versatility and technical ability that would appeal to Rafa Benitez. He is rated at £25million on the back of two successful loan spells but Liverpool are reported to be considering cashing in on him, like they did with Dominic Solanke and Danny Ward last season.
Wilson is under a long-term contract and the Reds, who have been closely monitoring him at Derby, may opt to make him available for loan again – something that may appeal to United, who will once again look to utilise their loan spots next season if Benitez remains. They signed Salomon Rondon on loan along with Kenedy, whose move proved disastrous.
Wilson is also attracting interest from Leicester and Southampton, while Brighton and Eintracht Frankfurt have been linked with the winger. Derby County will attempt to broker another loan if they are promoted on Monday.
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The player himself has said that he wants to be playing in the Premier League as soon as possible. “I’ve seen a lot of reports. I’m on social media and I saw the story break the other day,” he said.
“But I’m just concentrating on the final on Monday. That’s got my full focus and in the summer, that’s when we’ll sit down and talk about my future.
“Obviously, every player wants to play at the top level - and the Premier League is the best league in the world.”
Benitez is continuing to do background work on transfers despite the uncertainty surrounding his own future and contact has been made with several targets. But pressing ahead with deals - which the Newcastle boss wants to do quickly - will have to wait for his contractual situation to be resolved.