West Ham were linked with a move for Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius earlier this week.

Turkish media outlet Fanatik claimed that the Hammers are keen to sign the 26-year-old Reds stopper.

Karius joined Liverpool from Mainz in the summer of 2016 for around £4.7 million (The Times).

Karius made plenty of high profile errors for Liverpool, however, before being farmed out to Besiktas on loan in the summer of 2018.

Ziraat Turkiye Kupasi (Turkish Cup)"Besiktas AS v BB Erzurumspor"

Loris Karius (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

The German is set to return to Anfield in the summer, however.

And Belgian media outlet Voetbal 24 have now claimed that the Liverpool man could be available for just £4.5 million this summer.

 

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The 26-year-old Liverpool stopper has kept 68 clean sheets in 266 combined appearances for the Reds, Mainz and Besiktas (Transfermarkt).

In 29 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, Karius has made 51 saves, 14 high claims and seven catches. He kept seven clean sheets in those outings. The German also made two errors leading to goals for the opposition (premierleague.com).

Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig"Besiktas AS v Demir Grup Sivasspor"

Loris Karius (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

The German is very inconsistent and is far from reliable. Karius is well renowned for making high profile errors at incredibly inopportune times.

A perfect is example of this was his howler against Real Madrid in the Champions League final that ended up gifting the Spaniards the lead.

West Ham made a huge mistake signing flop goalkeeper Roberto last summer. And they will surely be wary of making the same mistake again.

In spite of Voetbal 24 claiming that Karius could be available for just £4.5 million, West Ham should still steer well clear.

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