Premier League newcomers Norwich City are reportedly interested in signing Irish U21 international Conor Masterson on a free transfer should Liverpool let the defender go this summer.
Masterson is out of contract at Anfield with the Liverpool Echo reporting last week that the defender was set to be released by Liverpool after falling behind fellow promising defenders Ki Jana Hoover and Nat Phillips in the pecking order at the club.
The 20-year old though could find himself staying the Premier League with Norwich City reportedly interested in bringing Masterson to Carrow Road.
According to a report in the Liverpool Echo, cited by the Hartlepool Mail, Daniel Farke is keen on adding another young defender to his ranks having placed his trust in both Ben Godfrey and Max Aarons last season with the pair impressing in a big way.
Masterson could prove to be another shrewd piece of business should the Canaries decide to snap him up and provided Liverpool don’t renew his contract during the summer, which is still a possibility.
The defender, who was recently included in Ireland’s U21 squad for the upcoming Toulon Tournament, had been impressing and coming up through the Liverpool ranks, being named in the matchday squad for last season’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City and the Merseyside derby at Goodison.
The centre-back’s progress, however, has been hampered by injuries over the last year as he found himself falling down the pecking order at Anfield.
A move to Norwich could represent an excellent opportunity for Masterson to gain vital first team experience in what is a crucial time in the young defender’s career.
Irish U21s manager Stephen Kenny outlined that regardless of whether he leaves Liverpool or not, the young defender has a “great career ahead of him.”
“I’m sure Conor has some options. I’ve not spoken to him about them, his future is his own decision. All I can say is he trained very well with us the week of Luxembourg and acquitted himself very well in the game with a good performance.
“It’s certainly no disgrace moving on from Liverpool, the competition is very high there. I’m sure he’ll have a great career ahead of him. This is an opportunity for him to play in the U21 international team in Toulon and play more matches.”