Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic have joined the likes of Leeds United and Swansea City in the race to sign Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster on loan in January, a report from The Times has claimed.
It had previously been reported by The Daily Mirror, that both Leeds and Swansea had been taking an interest in a temporary move for the 19-year-old, along with Premier League duo Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.
Now however, it appears as though that interest could be stemming largely from the Championship, with The Times revealing that there are several second-tier sides interested in the teenager.
As well as confirming Leeds’ and Swansea’s interest, this latest report also throws both Blackburn and Wigan into contention as potential suitors for the young attacker, stating that all four sides have made contact with Liverpool about the attacker’s availability.
Brewster has only made two senior appearances for Liverpool – both of which have come in this season’s Carabao Cup – meaning he could benefit from time on loan elsewhere in order gain more first-team opportunities.
It is thought that a concrete decision on whether or not such a move will be sanctioned, will be made after Liverpool host Everton in the third round of the FA Cup in the first weekend in January. The Reds thrashed their Merseyside rivals 5-2 in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
As things stand, Leeds are currently the highest-ranked of the four sides linked with Brewster. Marcelo Bielsa’s side are currently second in the Championship standings, with Swansea eighth, Blackburn 11th and Wigan down in the relegation zone in 22nd.
This looks like it could be quite the transfer saga over January.
The number of clubs linked with Brewster here means the club and player ought to have plenty to consider before making a decision on his destination for the second half of the season, which could of course still be Liverpool.
Wigan in particular are a side who look like they could benefit from the recruitment of someone such as Brewster, with the Latics looking in desperate need of some sort of lift to pull them away from the relegation.
But with Swansea boss Steve Cooper having previously worked with Brewster at England youth level, while also working with Liverpool in a similar capacity, it could be argued that it is they who will have the advantage when it comes to any negotiations set to take place here.