EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Liverpool defender George Johnston is in advanced talks to join Dutch side Feyenoord permanently, Football Insider understands.
The 20-year-old centre-back has come through the ranks at Anfield, but has yet to make his first-team debut for the club.
A Feyenoord source has told Football Insider the club have been tracking Johnston for some time and they are ready to lure him away from Anfield with their offer of a quicker pathway to first-team football at De Kuip Stadium.
A deal is edging closer and could be done before the Dutch window closes, although it remains open until 2nd September, three weeks later than the English one.
Johnson has been a regular for Liverpool for the Under-23s in Premier League 2 and UEFA Youth League and he featured for the Reds in pre-season against Tranmere this summer.
He is well down the pecking order at Anfield and is unlikely to break into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans anytime soon.
Despite being born in Manchester, Johnston, who has been with Liverpool since the age of nine, is a Scotland youth and Under-21s international.
He was a key member of Neil Critchley’s Under-23s side in Premier League 2 last season, making 36 appearances and scoring four goals.
In other Liverpool news, Football Insider can reveal that the club have accepted a bid for a player who’s ‘absolutely blown Klopp away in training’.