Swansea have edge over Bristol City in Brewster hunt

Swansea City

Bristol City and Swansea City are vying for the loan signature of Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster in January, but Crystal Palace are also said to be keen.

Brewster, England’s top scorer at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup two years ago, is understood to be looking for a loan move after failing to feature much for Liverpool so far this season.

That could change in the coming weeks, with Liverpool facing arguably their busiest three months of the Premier League era as Jurgen Klopp’s side chase glory on five fronts.

Brewster made only his second senior appearance of the season on Wednesday in Liverpool’s 5-5 Carabao Cup draw against Arsenal, his first coming in their previous round against MK Dons last month.

The 19-year-old was watched by scouts of many clubs on the lookout for help up front in the second half of the season and hopeful of luring one of the greatest young English talents away from Merseyside for a six-month spell.

Bristol City and Swansea City are both looking to take him on-loan in January, with Crystal Palace also said to be monitoring the situation at Anfield.

He is yet to make his Premier League debut for Liverpool, but has been with the club since 2015 having previously been a part of the Chelsea youth academy.

Both Bristol City and Swansea are in the Championship’s top six and clearly harbour ambitions to fight for promotion this season.

Ashton Gate boss Lee Johnson will have a decision to make come January, with Spanish striker Rodri’s short-term contract running out and that will mean he places more focus on improving his attack.

Johnson was unhappy City lost out to Leeds over Eddie Nketiah and there have been rumours that he would be at the front of the queue for the England Under-21 star’s services if Arsenal decided to pull him out of Elland Road.

Swansea have a clear advantage over the Robins when it comes to Brewster, however, because head coach Steve Cooper was the man who led England’s Under-17s to that magnificent triumph in India in 2017.

He is also an ex-Liverpool academy coach with good links to the current personnel at Kirkby.

Palace can offer Premier League football but Liverpool will not want Brewster just to be a bench-filler and if Klopp allows him to leave in January then it may be to a Championship club.