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Exclusive: Liverpool Prepare £6m Summer Offer for Celtic Striker

Anfield side target Parkhead youngster.

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Liverpool are readying a summer move for Celtic striker Tony Watt after the youngster impressed watching Anfield scouts in recent weeks.

CaughtOffside understands that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been tracking Scottish Under 21 international Watt for some time and has been buoyed by Watt’s apparent desire to leave his Glasgow side.

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Watt burst onto the scene back in November 2012 when he came off the bench to score against Barcelona on his Champions League debut, however in many ways his career has stuttered ever since.

Parkhead boss Neil Lennon opted to loan out Watt to Belgian side Lierse after he brought in strikers Amido Balde and Teemu Pukki and the young striker has thrived.

The 20 year old has netted eight goals in 14 domestic league appearances, of which half were coming from the bench, and his record for the Under 21 national team has been equally prolific and Rodgers is keen to bring in the youngster as he seeks to strengthen his attacking options whilst also planning for the future.

Rodgers is ready to offload Italian Fabio Borini on a permanent basis, with Sunderland likely to want to sign the loaned in forward. The Liverpool manager is also ready to listen to offers for summer signing Iago Aspas, who has looked way out of his depth in the Premier League.

There is a general acceptance that Watt is a tough player to manage, with his current Lierse boss stating ‘”Today I am glad we have him but tomorrow I might want to murder him! That’s just how it is with him.”

Rodgers may feel he can smooth out Watt’s ‘rough edges’ and believes that the Coatbridge born starlet has what it takes to mature into a top quality marksman.

Liverpool are ready to offer around £6m for the Celtic man.

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