Watford have emerged as contenders to sign Liverpool striker Jerome Sinclair, with the Hornets looking to agree a deal this January.
The 19-year-old’s current contract at Anfield expires at the end of this season, and it would appear that opportunities will be limited for him.
Watford are now favourites to acquire the services of Sinclair, and are keen on finalising a deal before the end of the month in order to beat off competition before the summer.
Sinclair recently switched agents, and is now under the care of Aidy Ward, who played a key role in engineering Raheem Sterling’s move away from Merseyside over the summer, with links between Sinclair and the likes of Watford, Manchester City, Espanyol and FC Groningen soon following.
The teenager is Liverpool’s youngest ever appearance maker, having featured against West Brom in 2012 at the age of just 16 years and nine days.
He has managed just four appearances in that time, however, and scored his only goal for the club in the recent 2-2 draw at Exeter City in the FA Cup third round.
Sinclair has been a mainstay of the Under-21 side in recent years, but there have always been question marks over whether he could succeed at the highest level.
Watford appear to be willing to take that risk more than the Reds.