By Alex Stevens
Liverpool are ready to sanction the departure of young midfielder Cameron Brannagan in the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Sun claim League One club Bolton are leading the chase to sign the Anfield academy product next month.
It is said that Liverpool have given the green light to Brannagan, who can play in central midfield or attacking midfield roles, making a January switch.
The 20-year-old has not been able to get a look-in for Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad this season after making nine appearances for the senior side last season.
Liverpool’s lack of European football has reduced the opportunities for the academy graduates, although Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn have all made an impact in their few opportunities for the first team.
Brannagan remained with the Merseysiders in the summer while several of his peers from the youth-team secured loan deals, including the likes of Ryan Kent and Lloyd Jones.
Football Insider verdict:
Brannagan has a growing reputation as a midfield star of the future. But it makes sense for the young gun to make a temporary January move in order to play regular first team football. He is behind fellow academy products Ejaria, Woodburn and the brilliant Alexander-Arnold in the pecking order for first-team squad places and would benefit from a spell in the lower leagues where he can develop. It would be far more beneficial to Brannagan than playing in the Liverpool Under-23s.
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