Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has taken to Twitter to rubbish reports of an official bid made for Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster.
Parish has quote Tweeted a report from Sky Sports claiming that Palace have made a £25m move for the striker. He says that Palace have asked Sky Sports to take the news down, as they have not made any kind of offer for the England under-21 international.
We have asked Sky to take this down
as it is a total fabrication from start to finish.
We have not made a bid formal or informal. https://t.co/uIusuAsDcW
— Steve Parish (@CEO4TAG) September 21, 2020
The initial report from Sky Sports claimed that Palace offered £19m for Brewster, with a further £6m in add-ons and a £36m buy-back clause in favour of Liverpool.
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There you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth – Palace have not made an offer for Brewster as it stands. Parish says that it is a fabrication from start to finish, perhaps suggesting that his club are not even interested in Brewster at all. Palace signed striker Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea earlier in the window to bolster their striking options, potentially meaning that they have no need for Brewster at Selhurst Park.
Sheffield United have been linked with Brewster and it is possible that the news has been leaked by an agent in order to push them to make Liverpool an offer. If Sheffield United see that Palace have made an offer for Brewster, despite it not being true, it could force them to step up their interest and advance their negotiations with Liverpool to conclude a deal. Of course, there is nothing to back this up at the moment but that is a potential reason as to why Sky Sports have published a transfer story with no truth – as far as Palace’s chairman is concerned – to it at all.
It will be very interesting to see what happens with Brewster in the closing weeks of the transfer window. If he is looking to leave Anfield to get regular game time, a club will need to meet Liverpool’s valuation and be able to offer him a starting spot in their side.