Reported Harry Wilson suitors Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest and Derby County could soon find themselves with one fewer competitor in the pursuit of the Liverpool winger’s signature.
Sky Sports claimed earlier on Thursday that Swansea City had seen a loan bid rejected by Liverpool, with the broadcaster adding that the Reds had wanted ‘a greater financial commitment’ from the Swans.
And, according to Wales Online, Swansea are now lining up Bristol City’s Kasey Palmer as an alternative – and, crucially, not an accompaniment – to Wilson.
It is possible that Thursday’s alleged developments could re-open the door to one of Cardiff, Nottingham Forest or Derby to pounce on the Wales international.
But if Liverpool’s demands are struggling to be met by Swansea, who like their rivals Cardiff are still receiving parachute payments, then Forest and Derby would surely encounter similar problems.
All four Championship clubs have until 5pm on Friday to conclude a deal for Wilson, or face a near three-month wait to try again.
Nottingham Forest have been linked with a Wilson alternative of their own in Fulham’s Anthony Knockaert, although Derby have seemingly made room for their former loan star by lending Florian Jozefzoon to Rotherham United.