Crystal Palace in pole position to sign €20m-rated Liverpool striker

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has taken the unusual step of publicly rubbishing speculation linking his club with a big-money move for Liverpool centre-forward Rhian Brewster.

U21 England international, who enjoyed an impressive spell on loan at Swansea City last campaign, appears to be surplus to requirements at Liverpool, particularly after the £45m signing of Wolves forward Diogo Jota.

The German tactician is a fan of Rhian and in normal circumstances would probably only be prepared to loan him out, but a permanent sale, with a buyback clause, is being discussed. Reports emerged on Monday suggesting Crystal Palace could be his destination, with the offer of £19m up front and £6m in bonuses had been lodged by the Eagles.

Football clubs rarely, if ever, comment on transfer speculation but Eagles chairman Parish felt the need to shoot down the talks, saying no offer of any kind has been made to Liverpool. ‘We have asked Sky to take this down,’ Parish wrote, replying to the article reporting that a formal bid had been lodged for Brewster.

Crystal Palace have already bolstered in front-line this summer, adding talented forward Eberechi Eze from QPR and bringing in Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea.

Asked about the 20-year-old centre-forward’s future before the campaign started, the German manager said: ‘At the moment he is, and then we have to see what will happen in the next few weeks or so. There’s absolutely no reason to rush anything in that thing. He is our boy and now at the moment he is here.’