Confirmed: Early activity in transfer market for Liverpool as paperwork finalised on £17,000-a-week signing
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
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Jerome Sinclair has signed a four-year contract with Watford, his management company have announced.
The Liverpool striker will end his four-year stay at Anfield next month and join up with his new team-mates on 1 July.
The Hornets failed with a bid to tempt the Merseysiders into selling the teenage forward in the January window.
But the Premier League club have continued to pursue the 19-year-old and have been successful in their bid to entice him to Vicarage Road.
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Sinclair’s management company Colossal Sports announced via their Instagram page that the 19-year-old Birmingham-born forward had signed for Watford.
Proud to announce a brand new beginning for this young man… his aim is to try and achieve greatness and bring joy to the #watfordfc fans and take the club as high as possible… good luck on your new journey Jerome ⚽⚽⚽?
A photo posted by @colossalsportsmgt on May 21, 2016 at 1:35am PDT
Football Insider reported on Wednesday that Sinclair had agreed in principle to join Watford after revealing in March that he was in advanced talks to move to Vicarage Road after being offered a contract by the club.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that Sinclair’s wages will leap to £17,000-a-week when his Liverpool deal expires on 30 June and completes the formalities of a transfer to Watford.
Sinclair has decided to move after failing to to break into the first team under Jurgen Klopp and his predecessor Brendan Rodgers, and has made only one start for the Reds.
Liverpool will be due a compensation fee from Watford due to the youngster’s home-grown status. Sinclair moved to Anfield as a 15-year-old from West Brom in 2011.
The teenage striker has rebuffed attempts from the Merseysiders to extend his deal.
Liverpool had placed a £2million valuation on the striker in January but, even though he is out of contract in the summer, the club are in line for a compensation fee under FA rules as the player is aged under 23.
In total, Sinclair has made five appearances for the first team and scored just the one goal, in the FA Cup third-round 2-2 draw against Exeter in January.
In other Liverpool transfer news, one of the starters at West Brom last Sunday will be allowed to leave the club this summer after failing to impress Klopp.