Liverpool midfielder deal falls through - report
By Alex Taylor
Liverpool midfield starlet Cameron Brannagan will not be heading on a season-long loan to Wigan Athletic, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo have claimed that the Championship club have pulled out of a move for the 20-year-old.
The news comes after the Echo reported a fortnight ago that a deal was on the cards for the midfielder to drop down a division for the season to gain first-team experience.
It is said the deal fell through because Wigan were unwilling to agree to Liverpool’s stipulation of a 75 percent playing-time clause, where clubs are penalised financially if a player they have loaned does not play in a specified ratio of matches.
The Latics had indicated they were initially going to accept the clause but they are now believed to have had second thoughts.
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The two teams 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 and 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 will now face a long battle for a tarting place at Anfiled 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.