According to recent reports, Liverpool are will have to keep hold of Jerome Sinclair until the summer except Watford significantly increase their bid for the forward before deadline.
Jerome Sinclair is running down on his contract with the Reds (the contract ends at the end of the season).
The 19-year-old frontman has reportedly refused to sign a new contract with the club and wants to leave Anfield in search of more game-time.
Liverpool have just rejected a new £3 million bid from Watford for the forward, after rejecting Watford’s initial bid of approximately £1.5 million last week.
Although the 19-year-old has declared his desire to leave Anfield this transfer window and the Hornets have shown interest throughout January by making concrete offer, Liverpool are still adamant they will keep the forward for their plans of using him as makeweight on other deals.
Meanwhile, Anfiled officials have insisted that no further discussions have taken place since rejecting Watford’s initial bid of £1.5 million and have distanced themselves from reports that they told either Watford or the player’s representative, Aidy Ward, that they asked for a £3 million to release the player.
Aidy Ward also represents Raheem Sterling.
Watford boss Quique Flores declared his side’s interest last week when he said: “Sinclair is the kind of player I like for Watford. He has the qualities that we need. He has the skill and conditions to come here.”
Because Sinclair is under the age of 24, Liverpool would be due compensation if he leaves as a free agent in the summer.
If he moves to a non-English club then Liverpool would only receive a nominal fee of around £250,000. However, if Sinclair wanted to sign for another club in his country then Liverpool should be prepared to take the matter to a tribunal.
Sinclair scored his first goal for Liverpool at Exeter in the FA Cup and only featured last Saturday against West Ham at Anfield, where he only played for 5 minutes as a substitute.
Liverpool are well known to pull this kind of hardline stance with their young players whose contracts are running out