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Cardiff seal loan deal for Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson

Wales v Croatia – UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying – Group E – Cardiff City Stadium
(Image credit: Nigel French)

Cardiff have completed the signing of Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson on loan.

The Reds ideally wanted a permanent deal for the 23-year-old this summer but, despite interest from Burnley, the £20million asking price proved too high.

Liverpool reconsidered their stance and, the PA news agency understands, the Bluebirds were the only ones to meet the financial package which includes a £1.2million loan fee and covering his full wages, with Swansea, Norwich, Derby – where Wilson spent a previous loan spell – and Nottingham Forest also in the running.

“I’m looking forward to getting started here,” the Wales international told cardiffcityfc.co.uk.

“We had a few clubs enquire about me but as soon as I heard Cardiff were interested it was a place I wanted to come.

“The Welsh connection was a massive part for me. When I come here, I feel at home. I think the team and facilities we have, everything is built for a Premier League team.

“I’m determined to come here and do my best to help the club get there.”

Wilson has made just two first-team appearances for Liverpool, a third-round FA Cup replay at Plymouth in January 2017 and in the Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Arsenal earlier this month.

He had a loan spell at Bournemouth last season.

Neil Harris’ side also completed a deadline day move for Charlton goalkeeper Dillon Phillips, with the 25-year-old signing a three-year deal.

“I’m over the moon to be here. I’m excited for the challenge now,” Phillips said.

“It’s exciting for me. It’s a big step and I’m looking forward to cracking on.”