By Scott Taylor
Jerome Sinclair’s future continues to look uncertain at Liverpool, with Watford being the latest club to be linked with a move for him, however, their approach seems serious. Sinclair, 19, has been offered new contracts by the Reds, but turned down both deals because the club and his representatives couldn’t agree in terms of his weekly wage. Liverpool want £5m for the services of Sinclair, who is out of contract in the summer, should a move go a tribunal, but Watford will use relationships with European clubs to avoid such a thing happening.
The Hornets were reportedly targeting Liverpool’s youngest ever player for a fee of around £3m. Despite Liverpool’s asking price, they will avoid the tribunal approach by using European clubs owned by the the Pozzo family, where Gino owns Premier League side Watford. They will allow Sinclair to sign for a European club, for whom he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with this month, and then he will be loaned from that club to Watford so they avoid paying any substantial fee. The clubs being reported are Granada, Espanyol and Udinese, and the striker, who scored his first senior goal in the 2-2 draw at Exeter in the FA Cup, has expressed his interest in playing in La Liga. Pozzo’s father Giampaolo currently owns both Granada and Udinese, meaning that Watford may use this to their advantage to sign Sinclair for a much cheaper fee for what Liverpool want for him.
In addition to Watford’s interest, several clubs in the Championship are interested in signing the forward. It is being reported that Bristol City, MK Dons and Fulham, who are undergoing a transfer embargo, are all monitoring his situation, but want to sign him on a loan spell. One club in the Championship who want to bring him in for a permanent fee is Sheffield Wednesday, who are understood to be willing to pay a ‘five-figure sum’ for the striker. However, the Owls are likely to be put off by his wages, with Sinclair’s representatives, which include Aidy Ward, wanting a contract offer of around £10,000 a week.
With just seven days to go until the deadline of the January transfer window, the Sinclair saga takes yet another twist, and there may be plenty more as clubs become more and more interested in signing him.