Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan set for Wigan Athletic loan

Young Liverpool attacking midfielder Cameron Brannagan is likely to seal a loan move to Wigan Athletic for the coming season this weekend, after the Championship side agreed to the Reds' clauses.

Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan set for Wigan Athletic loan
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Cameron Brannagan is expected to join Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan with the Championship side having agreed to meet Liverpool's demands.

The midfielder could seal his switch over the weekend after the Latics, initially reluctant to agree to Liverpool's 75 per-cent appearance clause, decided to agree.

The newly-enforced condition stipulates that a loaning club must play the Reds' youngsters in three quarters of their games, when fit, after changes to the loan rules meant the Premier League side no longer have the option to recall.

Should Wigan fail to play Brannagan in a specific number of matches, they will be financially penalised as Liverpool look to ensure their loanees are playing regularly.

The two clubs only met in a pre-season friendly just a few weeks ago, goals from Danny Ings and Ben Woodburn giving the visitors a comfortable 2-0 victory.

Newly-promoted Wigan had been willing to pay as much as £1 million to sign the 20-year-old permanently earlier in the summer, but Jürgen Klopp refused to listen to any offers with the highly-rated Academy graduate's future very much on Merseyside.

However, Brannagan has regularly spoken about his openness to getting more regular first-team football elsewhere - despite featuring heavily throughout the first-team's pre-season campaign.

Reds youngster likely to continue progression at Wigan

Brannagan in action on his first Liverpool start against Bournemouth last October. (Picture: Getty Images)
Brannagan in action on his first Liverpool start against Bournemouth last October. (Picture: Getty Images)

The England U20 international made nine appearances last term, including three in the Premier League, but would have been lower down the pecking order this time around after Klopp's summer signings.

The arrivals of Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane provide further competition in attacking positions, where Brannagan would have hoped to be utilised for much of his game-time. 

He will become the second Liverpool player to move to the DW Stadium this summer, with out-of-favour goalkeeper Adam Bogdan also joining Gary Caldwell's men on a loan deal.

But he will be unavailable for their first league game at Bristol City this Saturday, with the deal not signed in time for the player to be registered.

Instead, he could remain with Liverpool and play in their International Champions Cup friendly against Barcelona at Wembley Stadium.

Wigan won the League One title last season after losing just seven of their 46 games and will hope to build a solid platform in their first year back in the second-tier.

Brannagan would be the Reds' seventh loan departure, with Jon Flanagan completing a temporary switch to Burnley on Friday, and more could yet follow.

Right-back Connor Randall is also interesting Wigan, while Academy striker Taiwo Awoniyi will go out on loan - Germany thought to be the destination - as he waits to qualify for a UK work permit.

In the Championship, Brannagan could go head-to-head with Ryan Kent who is at Barnsley and Danny Ward, who will play for Huddersfield Town.

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