Liverpool enter the battle for 23-year-old Championship winger

Warford forward Ismaila Sarr has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool and Man United as “just rumours”. Both Liverpool and Man United were linked with permanent moves in the summer and January, while possible loan moves have also been mooted.

Despite the speculation, Senegal international has stayed at Vicarage Road and has been contributing to Watford’s imminent return to the top flight. The Hornets find themselves in second place in the Championship, nine points ahead of third-placed Brentford with seven games to play, although the Bees do have a game in hand.

Considering Hornets’ amazing recent form it would take a terrible slip up for them not to be playing in the PL again next campaign. And Ismaila, who has scored nine goals and provided four assists this campaign, claims he is ignoring the transfer rumours and concentrating on playing for the Hornets.

Sarr said: “I think they are just rumours because I’m enjoying it here. I still have three years on my contract, and I’m focused on Watford and I want to stay.” The 23-year-old forward’s agent, Thierno Seydi, claimed in February that the Reds had a contract ready for the Watford attacker to sign in winter.

And former Watford technical director Filippo Giraldi said last month that Man United were “extremely close” to deal for Sarr last summer.

He said: “We were extremely close, I was personally negotiating with them. We weren’t able to reach an agreement. And I think Ismaila is very young, he will arrive for sure. He missed probably an opportunity, but I think also for his football to stay here and get 10 goals and 10 assists, he’s deciding the league.”