Brewster left out of Liverpool squad for Carabao Cup as trio tussle for transfer


Rhian Brewster has been left out of the Liverpool squad to face Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup as he nears a move to one of three clubs interested in his services.

The 20-year-old striker remains the subject of intense interest from Premier League duo Sheffield United and Aston Villa, and Championship club Swansea City.

Swansea are keen to bring the England U21 international back to the Liberty Stadium after he scored 11 goals in 22 games for the club while on loan last season.

Elsewhere, Villa are closely monitoring the situation as they see Brewster as a replacement for potential outgoing attacker Mbwana Samatta.

Three clubs are tussling for Brewster’s signature, but the Blades are leading the race

But Sheffield United are in pole position to land the player, reports The Independent , and manager Chris Wilder held further talks with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over the transfer on Wednesday.

Wilder is intent on strengthening his forward line before the transfer window shuts on 5 October and reaffirmed his desire for new signings when facing the media.

“We need somebody in the building,” the Blades boss said. “I’ve said that to the board, that we need to add to the group.

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Brewster featured against MK Dons in last season’s Carabao Cup

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“We’re after a centre forward and there’s a few out there. We need to add. We’ve got a little bit of time to get someone in, which we need to do.”

Wilder is well aware he faces stiff competition to land Brewster, who is valued at £25million by Liverpool and has also been linked with Crystal Palace and Brighton.

The Reds would insist on a buy-back clause should Brewster depart Anfield permanently before the window shuts, while a loan move remains a possibility.

Speaking earlier this month, Klopp declared “nothing is decided” about Brewster’s future, adding: “Wonderful kid, big talent.

“The decisions about the squad are just not finished yet. We don’t have to yet. We are really with him and think about his development. How we can use him. So there’s nothing to say on loans.”

But Brewster’s omission from the squad for the third-round fixture with the Imps hints his future is close to being resolved.

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