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Liverpool Reject Derby County Opening Bid for Andre Wisdom

The Reds are holding out for a £2M fee for the surplus defender.

Andre Wisdom hasn't made a Liverpool first team appearance in three seasons and has no long-term future at the club, but The Reds have turned down a £1M offer from Derby County to take the 24-year-old permanently, with Liverpool confident of receiving at least a £2M fee for the 24-year-old defender.

According to multiple reports from The Telegraph, who cite sources at Derby, and The Liverpool Echo, claiming insight into the Liverpool side of any potential deal, Derby remain hopeful of bringing the defender on board permanently but would hesitate to meet Liverpool's desired payout for him.

Liverpool, on the other hand, believe Birmingham City and Celtic are also interested and so will for their part not be quick to agree to a cut-rate deal with Derby to ensure the sale of a player who is expected to be moved on permanently at some point this summer, with the questions when and where, not if.

Wisdom signed for Liverpool as a 14-year-old from Bradford City for an unreported fee and, despite much early promise, failed to convince when given chances at the first team level during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. He then headed out on a series of loans of varying degrees of success.

His first such loan was perhaps the most successful, with current suitors Derby County, who he made 38 total appearances for during the 2013-14 season. He followed up that loan with a year spent at West Brom in 2014-15 and a year with Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga last season.

Over that time, he has spent time at both centre half and right back, and it is as a conservative, defence-first right back that Derby reportedly are attempting to sign him as. Derby are further said to be shopping former Liverpool target Will Hughes in an attempt to raise funds for a significant squad overhaul.

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