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Watford “keen to secure” Jerome Sinclair signing this January

Watford have emerged as contenders to sign Liverpool striker Jerome Sinclair, with the Hornets looking to agree a deal this January.

EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's Jerome Sinclair in action against Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to reports in the Telegraph on Thursday, Watford are keen to add to their current squad, with Sinclair very much on their radar.

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.

With Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all ahead of him in the strikers’ pecking order when fit, even a regular squad role appears unlikely.

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.

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