Transfer Rumour Rater: Lee Nicholls to Liverpool in the January Window

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

WIGAN, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Lee Nicholls of Wigan Athletic reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers at DW Stadium on October 30, 2013 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are reportedly interested in the 21-year-old Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Lee Nicholls, a player who they once released at the age of 14.

Nicholls, a Scouser, is currently keeping Scott Carson, another former Reds goalkeeper, out of the Latics team and was retained for the weekend's clash with Derby County despite making a high-profile error in the Europa League defeat to Belgian side Zulte Waregem last week.

According to Alan Nixon of Mirror Football though, that mistake hasn't deterred Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who would like to see a younger goalkeeper act as deputy to current Reds No. 1 Simon Mignolet.

Brad Jones is the man currently in possession of the No. 2 spot, but the Australian is 31 and must have a desire to one day get some first-team football elsewhere.

In Nicholls, perhaps Rodgers sees a long-term backup option that he will be able to rely on for years to come, however the player himself might decide to stay at Wigan and continue making appearances in the team. He's played nine times so far this season following earlier loan spells at Hartlepool, Shrewsbury, Sheffield Wednesday, Accrington Stanley and Northampton.

Much will depend on who the Latics appoint as a new manager following the sacking of Owen Coyle, but perhaps the prospect of a move home for Nicholls, capped once for England's Under-19s, could be too hard to resist.