Liverpool and Sunderland close to reach agreement for highly-demanded forward

Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn has reportedly emerged as a loan target for Championship sides Sunderland and Leeds United.

The 18-year-old became the Reds’ youngest-ever goalscorer last year by netting against Leeds in the EFL Cup and is highly rated at Anfield.

However, Woodburn’s only senior appearance this season has come as a substitute in the EFL Cup and Jurgen Klopp is reportedly eager to see the teenager get first-team action elsewhere.

According to The Mirror, Sunderland are in pole position to sign Woodburn on loan as Chris Coleman has already worked with the youngster from their time in the Wales camp.

However, the report goes on to suggest that Leeds have also enquired about the Welshman, with all parties to be considering their options when the transfer window opens in January.

Woodburn has made 12 appearances in total so far this season, all but one coming in the UEFA Youth League and Premier League 2.