Liverpool could lose out on £5m fee for contract rebel Jerome Sinclair
A curious plot is developing around Liverpool's 19-year-old contract rebel Jerome Sinclair. Out of contract this summer, Sinclair could move to another Premier League club with the fee set by an independent tribunal panel.
However, as the Independent reports, Watford are hatching a cunning plan to circumvent any red tape.
The Pozzo family, who own Watford, could be set to sign Sinclair for Granada or Udinese - both of whom they also own - and loan him on to Vicarage Road, thus avoiding a fee of around £5m. Stranger things have happened in the murky world of the transfer market, so this could be worth keeping an eye on.
It's not all one-way rumoured traffic at Anfield, though. Marseille youngster Georges-Kévin N’Koudou is being monitored by Liverpool scouts as he continues to impress at the Stade Velodrome.
The French under-21 international has scored nine times for L'OM so far this season, despite the club's poor start to the Ligue 1 campaign. Also linked with Manchester United and West Ham, the 20-year-old only moved from Nantes for £1m last summer - let's hope that Les Canaris included a sell-on clause in that one...
Meanwhile, there seems to be no way back to Anfield for Mario Balotelli. The 25-year-old, pulling up no trees on loan at Milan, is now a target for Premier League pair West Bromwich Albio and West Ham United, if Calciomercatio are to be believed.
Balotelli's thoughts on working under Tony Pulis are as yet undocumented, but the Baggies are understood to be at the front of the queue should the 25-year-old decide to give an alternative footballing philosophy a try.