Chris Wilder makes Rhian Brewster admission amid uncertainty on Liverpool future

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has admitted that he is interested in signing Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster this summer as speculation over the youngster's future continues to grow.

The 20-year-old forward impressed in a loan spell at Championship side Swansea last season, scoring ten goals in 20 appearances, and is tipped to have a hugely bright future.

After returning to Liverpool at the start of the summer he found the net three times in two pre-season games against Stuttgart and Red Bull Salzburg, and it appeared he may be in Jurgen Klopp's plans this season.

But he was left out of the squad for the Premier League opening day win against Leeds, and with the imminent addition of Diogo Jota at Anfield his playing time looks set to become even more limited.

When asked about the chances of the Blades making a move for Brewster ahead of their game against Aston Villa on Monday, Wilder did little to play down the rumours linking him with his side.

"I don’t know," Wilder said. "I’m not going to mug everyone off by saying we haven’t spoken about Rhian.

"I've spoken to their manager and the CEO has spoken to the CEO. I'll leave it up to him (Steve Bettis) now. We have a list of targets, though. We have to."

The likes of Crystal Palace and Newcastle have also been linked with Brewster, and something of a transfer tug-of-war could well take place over the coming weeks.

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One option Liverpool are thought to be considering is inserting a buy-back clause into any permanent deal to sell the player, while another season-long loan is also an option.

It remains to be seen if Brewster is included in the Reds' squad to take on Chelsea on Sunday, and it may give some indication as to where his future lies.

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