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Departing Liverpool flop in transfer limbo after financial collapse

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Danny Wilson's prospective move to Hearts has been struck by the complete collapse of the clubs finances this week.

When Liverpool completed the signing of Danny Wilson from Rangers for a fee of £2million with the potential to rise to £5 million it seemed a an excellent deal on paper.

The then 18-year-old had just had his breakthrough season at Glasgow Rangers playing 26 games in the 2009-10 season and even made his international debut for Scotland; so there was plenty of interest in the young Scot and Liverpool were praised for beating other clubs to his much-coveted signing.

But his Liverpool career since then has entailed nothing but reserve team football, managerial upheaval and uninspiring loan spells.

Signed by Roy Hodgson, carrying on the scouting of Rafa Benitez, he was not popular with the now England managers replacement Kenny Dalglish or indeed Brendan Rodgers.

His loan spells in England were equally disappointing.

He featured just ten times for Blackpool in 2012 and was used just twice during a spell at Bristol City at the tail-end of 2012.

But he found redemption in a return to Scotland. The defender went on loan to Hearts in January and went on to become a regular in the first team.

With his contract expiring this summer and Liverpool having absolutely no desire to keep hold of the 21-year-old beyond his current deal he signed a permanent move with the Edinburgh club at the end of May.

He was obviously happy with the deal as when questioned on any worries over the financial situation of the club he was positive in his response: 

"I always said that, if the opportunity was there to stay then I would take it and I have. I've signed here with the best intentions and I'll honour that. We spoke about it a few weeks and just with the circumstances at the club it took a wee while to get there, but now it's there I'm delighted.’’

Now it seems he may not have made the right decision.

Hearts put up their entire first team squad for sale this week as they look increasingly like following Wilson’s first club Rangers down the plughole of Scottish football’s financial turmoil.

The SPL club are £25m in debt with £10m owed to parent company UBIG, which is claiming insolvency, and £15m to Ukio Bankas, which has been declared bankrupt.

Hearts say this has led to a reduction in season ticket sales and it is rumoured they require more than £500k to keep the club running until the start of the new season.

Meaning Wilson’s move is unlikely to be ratified when his current deal at Liverpool expires on the 30th June.

Wilson will therefore become a free agent on the 1st July; looking to rebuild a career that started with so much promise and has gone through so much despite being only 21-years-old.

Do you think Wilson will bounce back from this latest setback?

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