By Will Butcher
Newly-promoted Championship outfit Bolton are looking to raid Liverpool for highly-rated prospect Cameron Brannagan, according to a report.
The Sun’s transfer expert Alan Nixon claimed in his column in Sunday’s paper (page 63) that Bolton are keen to take him on loan next season after gaining promotion to the second tier.
The two-time England Under-20 international impressed during Fleetwood’s second half of the 2016-17 campaign, helping his side earn a place in the play-offs under Uwe Rosler.
However, the creative midfielder could not prevent the Trawlermen from losing to Bradford City in the play-off semi-finals over two legs.
Making 14 appearances in total for Rosler’s side, Brannagan impressed and has caught the eye of Bolton boss Phil Parkinson who will be looking to strengthen after going up.
With a contract at Anfield until the end of the 2017-18 season, this could be Brannagan’s last chance to prove he is worth first-team football at Anfield or he will have to find a new home.
Brannagan made his debut for the Merseyside giants last season, making a cameo appearance against French giants Bordeaux in the Europa League.
Making nine senior appearance in total under former manager Brendan Rodgers and Klopp, Brannagan has started five times against the likes of Bournemouth, West Ham and West Brom.
Football Insider verdict:
In what will be Brannagan’s biggest test of his young career so far, moving on loan to Bolton could see him shine and earn a new deal at Anfield or even take up a permanent deal elsewhere. The midfielder has already proven his worth in the middle of the park for the Reds’ reserve team, but Brannagan needs to show at a testing level that he is capable of playing week in, week out and able to produce consistently strong performances. With better players, the best could be brought out of the midfielder and it could also prove to be the key to seeing Bolton avoiding an immediate drop back to League One.
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