Date: 7th August 2019 at 12:32pm
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Liverpool youngster George Johnston is closing in on a move to Dutch heavyweights Feyenoord, according to Football Insider.

The outlet claims that Jaap Stam’s side are confident of pulling off a deal for the 20-year-old by offering him a quicker pathway to first team football than the one at Anfield.

Feyenoord are now in advanced talks with the Reds over the player, but they have until the start of September to get a deal done before their transfer window closes.

They have been tracking Johnston for some time, with the youngster having come through Liverpool’s academy but yet to make his senior debut.

OPINION

Clearly this is a deal that is already in the final stages. Feyenoord have seemingly been long-term admirers of the player and are keen to get a deal done for him – although they have the added benefit of having three more weeks than England until their transfer window closes. Obviously you can’t write a player off at 20 years of age, especially a centre back, but you do get the sense that if Johnston was going to make the grade at Anfield then he would have at least sniffed the first team by now. That hasn’t been the case, though, and so he may see a stint abroad as the best next step for him in his career. His pathway to the first team is blocked by Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, so it’s never going to be easy for him to make the step up. At Feyenoord, though, it would be much simpler for him to get a run of games. This seems like an ideal move for the young man.