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Liverpool Block Jerome Sinclair's Transfer to Watford

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19-year-old forward Jerome Sinclair is one of the brightest talents in Liverpool's youth system, but his contract is set to expire this summer and talks to extend him long term have gone cold. In recent weeks a transfer move has become the likeliest result of the saga with Watford keen on bringing in Sinclair before the January deadline closes.

However, the Mirror now report that Liverpool have blocked a move to Watford and are set to keep Sinclair for the remainder of his contract barring a last second bid from another team. This is a big risk but also perhaps a source for optimism -- while the club is in danger of losing Sinclair to Spain for next to nothing, this development provides optimism that a contract extension is possible after all.

The situation is dire though, as Sinclair refused to play for Liverpool's U-21 team today in fear of getting injured ahead of a potential transfer move. Blocking a move to Watford risks upsetting the striker more and there is a long way to go for both sides to improve relations, but the possibility of a contract extension remains slim but nonetheless intact.

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