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8th May, 2017 | 7:41am

Transfer battle intensifies for Liverpool attacker as second English club join chase - reports

By Will Butcher

Burton Albion have joined the chase to sign Liverpool’s highly-rated attacker Harry Wilson on loan next season, according to a report.

The Sun’s transfer expert Alan Nixon claimed last week that Yorkshire outfit Barnsley were keen on the 20-year-old star, who continues to turn heads in Liverpool’s development side.

Now, Nixon has revealed that Nigel Clough’s Burton are keen in the Sun on Sunday (page 63) and could rival Barnsley in taking the one-time Wales international on a temporary basis.

Clough is expected to revamp his Brewers side, with Rochdale’s Matty Lund and Wigan’s Jake Buxton also on his shortlist at the Pirelli Stadium.

Wilson, who is Liverpool’s reserve team captain, is known for his attacking prowess in the final third and can play on the wing, as a number 10 or striker.

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Possessing an abundance of pace and trickery when going up against defenders, Wilson is best with the ball at his feet and has technique beyond his years.

Liverpool’s number 59 has had a hand in 18 goals in the same amount of games this season, scoring 12 goals and laying on a further six in assists during his 17 Premier League 2 outings.

Wilson also made his full Liverpool debut under manager Jurgen Klopp in January, as the Reds edged past Plymouth 1-0 in the FA Cup.

Wilson could be allowed to leave on loan to further his development, with both Barnsley and Burton reportedly interested in signing the youngster.

However, Klopp may have other ideas for the talented youngster.

Football Insider verdict:

It is a move that will benefit all parties. Wilson is in desperate need of first-team football after playing for the Reds’ reserve team this season. Playing in front of crowds, in competitive football, will help him learn how to perform on the big stage and handle the pressure of supporters. Liverpool will also benefit from sending Wilson on loan, as the experience is sure to improve him and the Reds would see a better player return next summer. For either Burton or Barnsley, they will be receiving a player with raw talent; an unknown quantity for Championship defences and that could see him thrive in England’s second tier.

In other Liverpool transfer news, this defender has reached an agreement with Klopp’s side.

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