Newcastle United are set to challenge Aston Villa to sign Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, according to Football Insider.
After spending last season on loan at Derby County, Wilson is keen to play regular football in the 2019/20 campaign, which is unlikely to come at Liverpool when their attacking options are considered.
Jurgen Klopp is still undecided on whether Wilson’s long-term future lies at Anfield, though a decision is expected soon, following the culmination of Liverpool’s tour in America.
What the German decides is likely to dictate whether the Wales international’s move is on loan or a permanent transfer.
Wilson started 40 league games for Derby last season, coming off the bench three times, scoring 16 goals and assisting four times.
He made 1.3 key passes, 0.5 dribbles and 0.6 crosses per game (via WhoScored), which highlight that he could create chances for attacking teammates such as Joelinton to convert.
To put that into perspective, only Matt Ritchie (1.7) and Jonjo Shelvey (1.6) averaged more key passes in Newcastle’s squad. Indeed, Wilson could inject some added creativity if he can make that transition from the Championship to the Premier League.
He was also fouled 2.7 times per game, which will help utilise one of his main strengths: direct free-kicks – having someone who can make an impact like Wilson’s from dead ball situations will be a massive help for Newcastle, as they look to improve on the 42 goals which made them the fifth-lowest scoring club in the Premier League last season.
Wilson would be a great addition for Newcastle, who could be in the process of making quite an exciting attacking side.
They, however, may be hoping it is a loan move the Welshman is available for. They have already broken their transfer record to sign Joelinton and are now moving for Allan Saint-Maximin, as reported by The Chronicle, who will not likely come cheap, with the Daily Mail stating he is rated at £25m by Nice.
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