By Scott Taylor
Jerome Sinclair is set to leave Liverpool when his contract expires in June after rejecting another contract offer. The striker, 19, scored his first senior goal for the Reds in their 2-2 draw at Exeter in the FA Cup Third Round on 8 January. Sinclair has already rejected two offers from the club, one in the summer, and another last month, and now looks set to leave Liverpool after failing to agree new terms.
The former England youth international moved to Liverpool from West Brom in 2011, and progressed through the Reds’ U16 and U18 sides. He then became Liverpool’s youngest ever player when he came on as a second half substitute in their 2-1 win over his former side in the Capital One Cup at the Hawthorns in 2012. He has now established himself as the main striker in the U21s, scoring eight goals in all competitions this season for Michael Beale’s side.
Sinclair’s contract has always been an issue for Liverpool. He rejected the first two offers because the club and the striker’s representatives could not agree on a new contract, with the wages he should receive playing a big role in this. It is understood that Sinclair and his representatives want him on a wage of around £10,000 per week, which the club ruled out. To put it into context, Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli was on that amount of money when he first signed for the club.
Liverpool returned with another new bid in December 2015, which was rejected and so do was this latest contract offer. Sinclair may have lost a few fans’ respect over this decision, even more so after he acquired Aidy Ward as his agent. Ward will be known to Liverpool supporters for the role he had to play in Raheem Sterling’s departure to Manchester City for £49m in the summer transfer window.
Due to his contract expiring in the summer, the striker had an option to sign a pre-contract agreement with a club abroad and sign for them on a free transfer in the summer. This interested La Liga side Espanyol, who approached Sinclair, but the forward rejected the offer. However, it is now understood that he is interested in playing his football in Spain, but while his future is uncertain, he will be linked with many clubs from now until June.