Liverpool hope to receive more than £4m in compensation from Watford for Jerome Sinclair when his case goes to tribunal, according to the Echo.
The 19-year-old’s contract expires next month and it was confirmed earlier this week that he has left Anfield to sign a four-year deal with the Hornets.
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We will be compensated for Sinclair’s transfer because he was trained in our youth setup, after joining from West Bromwich Albion aged 14 in 2011, as Burnley were for Danny Ings. The Echo reports that we paid an initial £6.5m, rising to £8m for the striker.
The Echo understands that Liverpool will demand more than £4m for Sinclair from Watford, who failed with a £1.5m offer for the teenager in January and have not been in contact since.
Bournemouth had a £4m bid accepted for Sinclair in April, only for the player to reject the move. But that sum could dictate the figure that Watford have to part with.
According to the Echo, Liverpool will argue that is now Sinclair’s market value, but Watford will try to knock the price down by highlighting that the youngster has only played five senior games for the Reds, and has not been capped for England beyond the Under-17 age group.
Sinclair became Liverpool’s youngster ever player when he came on as a substitute against former club West Brom in September 2012, aged 16 years and six days old.
As we saw with the Ings case, these tribunals can be a long process, so it would not be surprising if the compensation for Sinclair is not disclosed until after the New Year.
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