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Wigan Athletic are interested in a move for Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn, a report from Goal has claimed.

Woodburn had a brief spell at Sheffield United earlier last season, but was recalled by the Anfield side around the turn of the year after injuring his ankle in a training session with The Blades, having made just eight appearances for the Bramall Lane side.

It is thought however that Liverpool are willing to let Woodburn head back out on loan next season, with Wigan among those said to be interested.

Wigan will need to strengthen their attacking options in the summer, with The Sun reporting that Latics talisman Nick Powell has turned down a new contract at the club, while Leon Clarke’s loan move from Sheffield United has also ended.

Goal claimed that Hull had been favourites to sign Woodburn, but that the recent departure of manager Nigel Adkins has now changed that situation.

Despite making just 11 appearances for Liverpool, Woodburn has already made ten appearances for the Welsh senior national side, and scored the winner on his debut in a World Cup qualifier against Austria on his international debut.

The verdict

This is an interesting one.

There is no doubting that Woodburn has potential, something that he seems to have shown more for country than club, and the fact that he struggled to get many opportunities at Sheffield United may be a concern.

Wigan however are clearly in need of more attacking options for next season, and the chance to get Woodburn in on loan may not be a bad one for them to take, and they may need someone with the spark he has shown at times to help keep them away from a relegation battle next season.

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