By Dominic Toner
Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan will join Wigan this weekend on a season-long loan, according to a report.
The Echo claim that Brannagan will move to the Championship side for the campaign after they agreed to Liverpool’s stipulation of a 75 per cent clause, where clubs are penalised financially if a player they have loaned does not play in a specified ratio of matches.
It is said that Wigan had been willing to pay £1million to sign Brannagan on a permanent basis, but Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of the 20-year-old and regards him as having a long-term future at the club.
The two clubs have already completed transfer business in this window, with goalkeeper Adam Bogdan joining Wigan on a season-long loan.
Brannagan served as the captain of Liverpool’s Under-21s side last season.
The youngster was handed his Premier League debut by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea in May.
The attacking midfielder has also represented England at Under-18 and Under-20’s level winning two caps for both sides.
Liverpool have parted ways with several of their promising youngsters this summer with Jordan Ibe and Brad Smith both leaving the club permanently.
Brannagan should face a better opportunity to gain first-team football on loan at Wigan as Liverpool have several senior players fighting for a place in the midfield, including Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Marko Grujic.
In other Liverpool transfer news, they have been given an emphatic response in their pursuit of Brazilian attacker Luan.