By Coral Barry
Jerome Sinclair is set to hold talks with Watford over a £5million move as he prepares to leave Liverpool this summer, according to a report.
The 19-year-old striker has failed to agree a contract extension with Liverpool and has set his sights on a move to Vicarage Road, as he looks to kick start his career away from Merseyside.
The Daily Mail report that negotiations are to take place this weekend, with Liverpool due to host Watford at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.
Sinclair has featured twice for Liverpool this season in the FA Cup, but has failed to capitalise on the recent surge of youngsters who have broken into the first-team because of fixture congestion. and has yet to make his full Premier League debut.
The Mail claim that Jurgen Klopp is not convinced by the striker and Sinclair has accepted he is not part of the German manager’s long-term plans at Anfield.
Sinclair’s contract expires in the summer, but the fee for the young gun would be decided by a tribunal if Watford fail to agree terms with Liverpool.
The Englishman has spent the majority of his youth career in the Liverpool academy and the club would be entitled to a transfer fee regardless of whether Sinclair leaves when his deal ends.
However, the Mail report that Watford are eager to avoid a tribunal and are willing to come close to Liverpool’s £5million valuation of the youngster.
Watford are keen to maintain a good relationship with the Merseysiders in case of future deals and have identified Sinclair as a top transfer target.
Sinclair could compete with Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney for a starting berth at Watford, but the Mail claim that the club are preparing themselves for offers for the first-choice striker pair, who have 26 league goals between them this season.
Liverpool signed Sinclair from West Brom as a 14-year-old, when he was originally compared to the likes of Raheem Sterling.