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Transfers latest: Huddersfield Town and Liverpool starlet Joao Teixeira

David Wagner on lookout

Liverpool’s Joao Teixeira is the latest player to be linked with a loan move to Huddersfield Town.

And it’s easy to see why such a switch would appeal to both clubs.

The close relationship between Town head coach David Wagner and Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp has, of course, been well chronicled.

And it’s long been suggested Town could take young Anfield players on loan.

The Championship club would benefit from the services of bright young prospects.

And Liverpool would know they would be gaining experience in the same full-throttle system favoured by Klopp.

Wagner’s fellow German is said to be a fan of Portuguese attacking midfielder Teixeira, who is out of contract this summer.

But at this stage, the odds of the 23-year-old playing first-team football for Liverpool appear as long as his No53 squad number.

The ex-Sporting Lisbon and Portugal Under 21 player’s five starts for the club have all been in cup-ties this season.

With Klopp’s side out of the FA Cup, in which he played four times and scored in the 3-0 third-round replay win at home to Exeter City, Teixeira would likely be limited to occasional Premier League appearances from the bench, like the two he has made to date (the most recent in the 2-0 defeat at Leicester City earlier this month.

So a third loan move after Brentford in 2013-14 and Brighton and Hove Albion for the bulk of last season would make sense.

Teixeira, who joined Sporting from hometown club Braga in 2004 and progressed through their youth system, joined Liverpool for £830,000 in January 2012.

After impressing in the development system, his first taste of senior English football came via two League I appearances for Brentford.

His Liverpool debut came later that campaign as a substitute for Raheem Sterling in the 3-2 Premier League win at Fulham.

Just after the start of last season, Teixeira agreed a long-term loan at Brighton, then bossed by former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia.

He scored six times in 35 appearances for Albion, his season ended by a leg fracture sustained during the goalless Championship home draw with Town in April.

Could Teixeira, voted Brighton’s Young Player of the Year and taken on Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East, by Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, now get the chance of regular football with Town?

Even though Wagner’s not short of attacking midfielders, there’s little doubt Wagner would be interested.

He already has five loan players, the maximum number who can appear in any one matchday 18, in keeper Jed Steer, James Husband, Emyr Huws, Jamie Paterson and Elvis Manu.

But clubs can have more than five on the roster, and we all know how much Wagner likes rotation!

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