Exclusive: Liverpool defender in advanced talks to join new club permanently

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.

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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’.