Norwich City transfer rumours: Liverpool defender a summer target

PUBLISHED: 17:39 28 March 2019 | UPDATED: 18:03 28 March 2019

Could Conor Masterson be wearing Norwich City colours next season? 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Could Conor Masterson be wearing Norwich City colours next season? Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Liverpool defender Conor Masterson could be on his way to Norwich City this summer.

That’s according to a report in The Sun, who claim the 20-year-old Irishman is a target for the Canaries ahead of his contract with the Premier League giants expiring.

Masterson has 24 caps at youth levels for the Republic of Ireland and made his U21 debut on Sunday, playing all of a 3-0 win over Luxembourg in Dublin in which Norwich U23s striker Adam Idah starred with two goals.

The centre-back has been a regular at U23 level for Liverpool and has been an unused substitute for the first team on three occasions, including last season’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City.

Compensation would be due if the Reds made Masterson a contract offer, who joined from Dublin side Lucan United in 2013 and has captained the U23s in the past.

The defender, originally from County Kildaire, turns 21 in September but is yet to have any experience of senior football so it would seem unlikely he would join City as a first-team signing initially – particularly with Daniel Farke’s team pushing for a Premier League return.

However, sporting director Stuart Webber does have connections at Anfield as he was Liverpool’s director of recruitment for academy players from the age of 19 and under between 2009 and 2012.

The link follows hot on the heels of a link with another young defender, Dan Happe of Leyton Orient.

The Canaries did make a defensive addition to their U23 squad in January though, with Akin Famewo signed from Luton Town following a loan spell with Grimsby Town in League Two.

Ireland U21 boss Stephen Kenny told the Irish Independent earlier this week that Masterson needed to start playing men’s football, saying: “Conor is at a bit of a crossroads. He is 20 now and needs to play games.

“Conor could look at his central defensive partner from our team, Darragh O’Shea, going to Exeter on loan (from West Brom). He’s developed by getting 30 games and is a year younger than Conor.”

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