By Scott Taylor
Jerome Sinclair is now set to stay at Liverpool, after rejecting a second offer from fellow Premier League side Watford. Sinclair, 19, is out of contract in the summer, and has attracted a lot of interest from the Hornets. Liverpool had previously rejected a £1m offer in the past week and have now declined an offer of £1.5m plus add ons, with the Reds firm on their stance that they want over £3m for the striker.
The saga started back in December, when the striker declined a new contract offer from Liverpool, as he wanted £10,000 a week, something the club could not match. He also rejected an offer in the summer fo 2015, and then appointed Aidy Ward as his agent to try and push a move away from Anfield.
After rejecting the chance to join Espanyol, Sinclair then expressed interest in playing for a Spanish side in La Liga one day, which prompted interest from Granada. The Spanish club is owned Giampaolo Pozzo, who’s son Gino owns Watford. The Premier League side would’ve had to pay a tribunal fee should Sinclair have moved directly from Liverpool to Watford, so tried to use their connections to get the striker for the cheapest value possible.
However, Liverpool have remained smart throughout the whole saga, and have insisted that Sinclair is not for sale, unless Watford are willing to match their asking of price of around £5m.
Elsewhere, it looks unlikely that any other moves should happen in the next few hours regarding any of the other Liverpool U21 players. Both Jack Dunn and Daniel Trickett-Smith have been linked with moves away from Melwood, especially as the latter was not in the U21s squad for their 2-0 win against Reading yesterday. However, they are purely rumours and nothing looks concrete at this stage.
By Scott Taylor