By Alex Stevens
Liverpool left-back Joe Maguire is set to join Fleetwood on loan, according to a reliable journalist.
The Merseysiders are reportedly to seal their second left-back transfer within days after it was confirmed on Wednesday that Sam Hart had cut short his season-long loan to Port Vale to return to Anfield.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon, who has a transfer column in the newspaper, revealed on Twitter on Friday afternoon that Maguire is also in line for a move.
Nixon claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 20-year-old is “heading for Fleetwood on loan” as he suggested that a deal had been agreed for him to join the League One club.
Maguire, who spent a month on loan at League Two outfit Leyton Orient at at the start of the season, has a lengthy association with Liverpool.
He has been with the club’s academy since the age of nine and is a regular member of the club’s Under-23s, although he did make his senior bow last season as a substitute against Exeter in the FA Cup.
Maguire has not added to his solitary senior game and has remained with the development side this season to increase his number of Premier League 2 matches for the club to 55.
The Manchester-born youngster, who turns 21 next week, is now set to leave the club in something of a left-back merry-go-round, with Hart heading the other way.
It is an intriguing move by Liverpool, who were in the market for a senior left-back signing last summer before deciding to use midfielder James Milner as a makeshift player on the left side of the defence.
It is a move that has paid dividends as Milner has leapfrogged Alberto Moreno to be the regular left-back for the Premier League title challengers.
Hart’s transfer back to Liverpool suggests there has been a change of plan from first-team manager Jurgen Klopp.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 25, 2016
Hart, who has been with the Reds since the 2012-13 campaign, has played 14 matches this season for Port Vale, 12 of which he has started, including nine in the league.
In other Liverpool team news, the club have made a striker approach and Klopp has personally called the player to smooth the deal.