According to a report from German media outlet Bild, RB Leipzig ace Yussuf Poulsen has handed in a transfer request, and West Ham want to sign the forward. Could the Hammers face a problem, however, with the Dane being a self-confessed Liverpool fan?
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The 25-year-old told Sport Buzzer recently that it is his dream to play in the Premier League:
“I want to play there sometime, and it’s no problem for me to say so. It’s a dream.”
He also told Bulli News last season that he is a boyhood Liverpool fan:
“The Premier League generally makes me excited, and it would fit my style of play well. I supported Liverpool as a kid.”
The Reds are thought to be in the market for another forward. RB Leipzig ace Timo Werner is rumoured to be Jurgen Klopp’s number one target this summer (Daily Express).
If Liverpool are unsuccessful in their attempts to sign the 24-year-old, however, it would not be outside the realms of reality to suggest that Klopp could move for Poulsen as a cheaper alternative.
The striker is a also a huge fan of Klopp’s brand of football, according to Bundesliga.com.
According to Transfermarkt, Poulsen has a market value of around £27 million.
The 25-year-old has plenty of pace, and is a really hard worker. He is also very good at dropping deep and linking up play, much like Roberto Firmino.
It could be argued that West Ham need the Leipzig ace much more than Liverpool do. But if the Reds were to come in for him, he would surely want to join the club he supports.
Poulsen has racked up three goals and 11 assists in 29 appearances for Leipzig so far this season (Transfermarkt).
In 20 Bundesliga outings, the 43-capped Denmark international has averaged 1.2 shots, 0.7 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game (Who Scored).
He is clearly not the most prolific of forwards.
Poulsen defends from the front, however. In 20 Bundesliga games this season, he has averaged 0.7 tackles and 0.7 clearances per game (Who Scored).
The Denmark international seems to have all the qualities that both David Moyes and Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly admire.
And if Liverpool are tempted to make a move for Poulsen in the summer, West Ham could have a real problem.