Liverpool winger Wilson ready for Cardiff as Kane prepares to join Barnsley
Cardiff is expected to sign Harry Wilson on loan from Liverpool for the remainder of the season.
The Welsh side faced competition from a host of league rivals, including close neighbors Swansea, to land the 23-year-old, whose transfer will be finalized before Friday’s transfer deadline.
The Bluebirds have reached a deal that will see them pay what sources describe as “significant” loan fees, and have reportedly convinced Wilson and his representatives that they will offer the right “football package” for the Welsh international.
The deal is not yet done, other clubs are still hoping to influence Wilson’s decision late, but Liverpool expect the decision to be finalized.
Goal can confirm that Liverpool rejected an offer from Swansea earlier this week after being unable to meet the Reds’ financial demands.
Interest from other clubs was strong, with Norwich, Blackburn, Nottingham Forest and Derby where Wilson had a productive year on loan in 2018-19, all making moves this week.
But it was Cardiff, led by Neil Harris, who won the race. Wilson could now make his debut for his new club in Preston on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool had sought a permanent buyer for Wilson this summer and valued the winger at around £ 20million ($ 25.5million).
But they found takers limited, rejecting an offer from Burnley shortly before the Premier League transfer deadline. Without a buyer, and with the player desperate to secure regular football after spending last season in the top flight with Bournemouth, they were forced to reconsider their previous position that he would no longer be on loan.
He won’t be the only one to leave on deadline day, with midfielder Herbie Kane set to join Barnsley on a permanent deal worth £ 1.25million.
The 21-year-old made his senior debut for the Reds in the Carabao Cup at MK Dons last season and traveled to Yorkshire for a medical on Thursday night, after recovering from hamstring surgery -legs during a closed-door match in Kirkby earlier. this month.
Liverpool will retain a 15% sell clause to Kane, who have also received offers from Luton, Hull and Portsmouth. He will be hoping to be listed in time to make his debut for his new squad against his hometown club Bristol City on Saturday.
Liverpool also expect Ben Woodburn, Liam Millar and possibly Yasser Larouci to generate interest ahead of Friday’s 5 p.m. BST (12 p.m. ET) deadline.
A multitude of League One clubs are interested in Woodburn, while Millar is interested in the championship.
Nat Phillips, sources said Goal, is now unlikely to be loaned out, with Liverpool believing a permanent move, or staying at the club as a center-back, would be in the player’s best interest.
Forest, Middlesbrough, Bristol City and Swansea are all interested in signing the 23-year-old.