According to a report from the Daily Star, Genk midfielder Sander Berge would prefer to join West Ham rather than Liverpool.
Bleacher Report claimed last week that the Hammers led the Reds in the race to sign the 20-capped Norway international.
And they suggested that the east London club believe they could sign Berge, 21, for around £20 million.
The Genk starlet is one of the most exciting talents in European football, so West Ham beating Liverpool to his signature would be a real statement from them.
If the Daily Star’s report is true, and Berge does in fact prefer a move to the Hammers over the Reds, it must have something to do with being given more opportunities of regular first-team action.
And that will be a real blow for Liverpool. Berge has something that little bit different – something special. Standing at 6ft 4in tall, he is an unusual size for a cultured deep-lying midfielder. But his talent is on another level.
The Norwegian could very well go on to become one of the best midfielders in the world. And it seems as though, incredibly, West Ham are in pole position to get their hands on him.
That doesn’t mean that a future move to Liverpool should be ruled out, however…