Liverpool have officially announced that midfielder Herbie Kane has completed a permanent transfer to Championship side Barnsley.
Kane has signed a four-year deal with Barnsley and sorted his move on deadline day, with the window due to close at 5 pm. The Athletic’s James Pearce has reported that Liverpool have received a fee of £1.25m for Kane and have a 15% sell-on clause.
Herbie Kane has completed a permanent transfer to @BarnsleyFC.
Everyone at the club wishes Herbie all the best in his future career 🙌
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 16, 2020
Luton and Hull were both reportedly interested in signing Kane before Barnsley came in and were able to agree a deal with Liverpool to bring the midfielder to Oakwell.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
This a deal that seems to make sense on paper for Liverpool. Kane is 21 and has only ever made two appearances for Liverpool, both in the EFL Cup, which suggests that he is not at the level required to challenge for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s squad. At his age, a permanent exit to have a settled career could allow him more of a chance to develop than if he were constantly going out on loan to different clubs and unable to find his rhythm.
Kane spent the second half of last season on loan to Hull, scoring twice in nine appearances across all competitions as they were relegated to League One. Hull’s willingness to pursue him on a permanent deal could mean that he impressed for the Tigers, but that was not enough for Jurgen Klopp to want to keep him around at Anfield in the long-term.
So, Liverpool get a player off their books and receive more than £1m for him, whilst Kane gets a chance to go and play regular football in the Championship with Barnsley to progress his career. A good move all-round and, hopefully, Kane can go on to forge a respectable career for himself.