By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool are to sell young centre-back colossus Lloyd Jones ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline with English Football League trio Preston, Bradford and Wigan all circling, according to a reliable journalist.

Sun transfer columnist Alan Nixon has claimed via his personal Twitter account on Sunday morning that the Reds are willing to allow the 21-year-old to depart Merseyside.

Plymouth-born Jones made the switch to the Liverpool academy back in 2011 from Plymouth for a fee believed to be around £150,000.

He has since gone on to captain the Reds’ reserve team as well as enjoying loan spells for each of Cheltenham, Accrington Stanley, Blackpool and Swindon, but he has never made a senior appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Jones was also charged with assaulting a man outside a nightclub earlier in the summer and Nixon states on his Twitter feed that the young defender is due to appear in Crown Court next week.

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Football Insider verdict:

To make it at a club like Liverpool you have to have played at a high level for a number of years before the age of 21, which Jones quite simply has not done and it is clear that his future lies away from the Reds. Additionally, Jones’ contract is set to expire at Liverpool next summer, meaning this will be the penultimate window that the Merseyside giants will be able to make any sort of money on the young defender who they paid a six-figure fee for six years a go. Therefore, letting Jones move to a club like Preston, Bradford or Wigan won’t do Liverpool any harm.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds jetted out on a Friday transfer mission to watch European centre-back.

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