Liverpool confirm Harry Wilson exit with Fulham paying near double Benfica offer
Fulham have completed the signing of midfielder Harry Wilson from Liverpool for £12million – beating off competition from Benfica.
Wilson, 24, was first signed to the Reds as a member of the U9s and progressed through the academy to earn his first professional contract in 2014.
His time at Anfield was dominated by a series of loan spells – five in total – at Crewe, Hull, Derby County, Bournemouth and Cardiff.
The Wales international made just two appearances for Liverpool, starting an FA Cup tie with Plymouth in 2017 and last season's 0-0 draw with Arsenal in the EFL Cup.
He joins Fulham on a four-year deal with the option of a fifth, and the Reds have also secured a 15 per-cent sell-on clause as part of the deal, according to The Athletic.
Benfica had also been interested in Wilson, but talks between Liverpool and the Portuguese giants broke down over the asking price.
It is believed Premier League new boys Brentford and recently-relegated West Brom have also shown interest in the midfielder this summer.
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Wilson has excelled in the Championship during a series of loan spells and Fulham will be hoping he can do the same again as they look to bounce back to the top-flight at the first attempt.
He scored seven goals and provided 12 assists in 37 games at Cardiff last season as Mick McCarthy's side narrowly missed out on the play-offs.
Speaking to FFCtv, Wilson said: "I'm delighted to sign for Fulham.
"From my first chat with the gaffer on the phone, I loved what he was saying and felt that he understood me as a player, and that played a massive role in me coming here.
"The ambition of the club to get back into the Premier League appealed to me as that's where we all want to be. I'm hoping I can come here, have a good season and help get the club back into the Premier League."
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