Liverpool youngster Cameron Brannagan is close to leaving his boyhood club and joining Oxford United on a permanent basis, according to The Independent.

The highly-rated 21-year-old made eight appearances under Jürgen Klopp during the 2015-16 season but has since found his opportunities limited and is now desperate to play first-team football with Oxford United set to pounce.

Liverpool manager Klopp heaped praise on the youngster who he once described as “a real talent who has everything you need from a midfielder.”

The youngster once attracted interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, will see his current contract at Anfield expire this summer and Oxford are ready to offer a two-and-a-half year deal to the midfielder. Also in 2016 Liverpool rejected an offer in excess of £1,000,000 for Brannagan from Wigan Athletic.

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The Salford-born Cameron Brannagan will hold talks with the League One club on Tuesday, with a move expected to be completed in the coming days. Oxford boss Pep Clotet is keen to add technical players to his squad as The U’s continue their push for a play-off place.

Brannagan spent part of last season in League One with Fleetwood Town on a loan from Liverpool. He featured thirteen times for the Cod Army and failed to get his name on the scoresheet once for Use Rosler’s side.

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Brannagan will become Oxford’s second signing of the January transfer window after Pep Clotet added Rob Dickie to the squad.  The versatile defender agreed a contract which will keep him at the club until summer 2020. Dickie, who has represented England at under 19 level, has spent the first half of this season on loan at Lincoln City, making 23 appearances.

Pep Clotet talked to Oxford Mail about Rob Dickie, here is what he had to say about the defender “He’s played around 100 games across three different leagues despite his age, and at 21 we believe that he will continue to develop as a player and we think he will be a very positive asset for us.”

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