By Scott Taylor
Tony Mowbray has hinted that he didn’t sign Coventry City trialist Elson Hooi, because he wants to sign ‘an unnamed Liverpool player’ instead, that’s according to the winger. Earlier in the season, Coventry signed Liverpool winger Ryan Kent on a loan deal, and he went on to make 17 league appearances for the Sky Blues. However, Mowbray turned down the option of signing Hooi in the hope of securing another player from Jurgen Klopp’s side, with Ryan Kent and Jack Dunn the names being reported.
Kent, 19, was recalled from his loan spell with Coventry back in December 2015 in favour of first-team opportunities, however he did leave a lasting impression with the fans at the Ricoh Arena. He started in ten of the games he played in League One, scoring once and providing another assist, with his goal coming in the Sky Blues’ 4-3 win over Barnsley in November. His performances not only impressed Mowbray and the fans, it earned the lively winger a call-up to the England U20 squad alongside Liverpool team-mate Cameron Brannagan. He then made his first team debut for the Reds on 8 January as Klopp’s side drew 2-2 at Exeter in the FA Cup Third Round.
Another player to be linked with a move to the Ricoh Arena in the coming days is Liverpool forward Jack Dunn. Dunn, 21, has had an injury-hit last couple of seasons with Reds, making just four U21 Premier League appearances. However, the striker did start the season in fine form, scoring four goals in pre-season friendlies. Dunn did make a good impact when on loan at League Two side Cheltenham Town, scoring three goals in just six appearances. Overall, Dunn has scored 12 goals in 34 U21 Premier League games. It is more likely that any move for Dunn may be a permanent deal.