Bristol City set to sign Liverpool defender Danny Wilson on loan
Bristol City were today closing in on highly-rated Liverpool defender Danny Wilson.
In the market for a commanding centre-back, Robins manager Derek McInnes was hoping to land the 20-year-old Scottish international on a short-term deal before the 5pm deadline for loan signings.
Wilson is in Bristol for talks and, if a deal can be concluded in time, he will travel north with City's first team squad for Saturday's npower Championship clash with Middlesbrough.
Although Liverpool paid out an intial £2m to bring Wilson from Glasgow Rangers to Anfield in 2010, the Livingstone-born defender has struggled to make an impact, making just eight first-team appearances for the Reds.
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Behind Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Jamie Carragher, Sebastian Coates and Andre Wisdom in the Liverpool pecking order, Wilson has not played a competitive senior game since Brendan Rodgers took over as manager in the summer.
But he has featured regularly for Liverpool's unbeaten Under-21 side this season and is ready to go straight into City's team if selected.
Wilson came through the youth ranks at Rangers and made his professional debut in a League Cup tie against Dundee in October 2009. He made 26 first team appearances in all for the Ibrox club and was named Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year in 2010.
He joined Liverpool in July 2010, signing a three-year deal, and made his senior debut in a League Cup tie against Northampton Town two months later.
Wilson also featured in a Europa League clash with Sparta Prague and made his Premier League debut in a 3-1 defeat at West Ham United in February 2011.
Unable to break into Liverpool's first team, he spent the second half of last season on loan at Blackpool, making 10 appearances and helping the Seasiders make the Championship play-off final.
He represented Scotland at under-19 and under-21 levels and was promoted to the senior squad by Craig Levein, making his full debut in a 3-0 friendly victory over Faroe Islands in November 2010.