Watford hold an interest in Jerome Sinclair but it is not a deal the club are pushing hard to complete, focussing their attention instead on landing their primary senior targets in key positions.
The Hornets know they would be foolish not to be receptive to the opportunity to sign the 19-year-old Liverpool English forward for a nominal fee, especially given the Pozzo family’s history for signing unpolished gems at a young age and the club’s desire to increase their number of home-grown players.
Quique Sanchez Flores, when discussing a summer move for Getafe’s 23-year-old playmaker Pablo Sarabia, said “the project of Watford… [is] looking at younger players”, but the main goal of the recruitment team is to sign readymade players in the centre of midfield, out wide and in goal, particularly after four straight league defeats.
“He’s a very good player,” said Sanchez Flores when asked about Sinclair on Saturday morning. “[We want strikers] who can play as the main striker, at the back of the main striker, who can play with pace and power, who can play football, who can shoot and score goals. For the wingers, we want speed, velocity and skill.”
Sinclair’s representative is Aidy Ward, the agent so maligned for his handling of the British transfer record move of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool to Manchester City. He also used to look after the interests of Saido Berahino.
“It’s not important to get the highest wages of your career in your 1st year,” said Jurgen Klopp this afternoon. “It’s important to get an education.”
The Daily Mail are reporting that the Pozzos’ triumvirate of football clubs could be a factor in any deal. Sinclair has six months left on his deal and they claim Watford could bypass the compensation fee due if he signed for the Spanish or the Italian club. Where a professional player, under the age of 24, has been offered a new contract by his club and he rejects that offer in order to take up the opportunity to sign for another club, compensation will be payable. Aaron Creswell, for example, rejected a new long-term contract offer at Tranmere at, at the age of 21, signed for Ipswich Town. The Professional Football Compensation Committee decided that Ipswich Town should pay Tranmere Rovers an initial compensation fee of £240,000.
Fifa compensation rules are slightly different. Real Sociedad could have signed Danny Ings from Burnley in the summer for £206,000. Liverpool, meanwhile, could end up paying £6million for the striker when the matter goes to tribunal.