Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth’s astonishing Divock Origi Liverpool claim will delight West Ham boss David Moyes and he must act.
West Ham have been heavily linked with the Liverpool bit-part player ever since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax way back in January last year.
The Hammers were keen to sign the Belgian forward in the summer and many West Ham fans were excited at the prospect of bringing Origi in from Liverpool given the club’s lack of back-up for Michail Antonio.
In the end Moyes elected not to sign another striker, much to the disdain of West Ham fans. The Scot said that there simply were not any strikers available that he wanted or could afford (Independent).
Speculation has been rife West Ham could look to sign Origi in the January window.
Dharmesh Sheth’s astonishing Divock Origi Liverpool claim will delight West Ham boss David Moyes and he must act
The striker is out of contract at Liverpool in the summer and – thus far – has not made enough starts to trigger a one-year extension clause in his deal.
Now Sky Sports transfer reporter Dharmesh Sheth has made an astonishing claim about Origi’s Liverpool future which will delight West Ham and Moyes simply must act.
“This is an interesting one because three Italian clubs have approached Divock Origi’s representatives over a pre-contract agreement this month (with a view to a free transfer in the summer),” Sheth said on Sky Sports News’s The Transfer Show on Thursday evening.
“However the Liverpool striker, his preference, is to stay in the Premier League. Now if he was to stay in the Premier League one of two things would have to happen; a Premier League club would have to actually buy him outright in this January transfer window because they can’t actually talk to him over a pre-contract agreement – because he can only talk to foreign clubs of course – or they can take him as a free agent this summer…
“If Liverpool were to sell and even consider selling to a Premier League club in this transfer window it’s thought it would take a little less than £10m is what I’ve been told. One to keep an eye on definitely.”
TEN MILLION POUNDS. If Sheth is right Moyes simply must act now.
Origi is a proven quality, international striker who has showed his class every time he gets a chance for Liverpool.
West Ham desperately need a new striker and at 26 surely the Belgian ticks all the boxes for Moyes’s transfer policy.
Still young, athletic, powerful and would be hungry to prove himself as a regular starter. He also appears to be a great character given that he is always ready to perform on the rare occasion he gets game time for Liverpool.
An absolute no-brainer if ever there was one for West Ham. The Hammers can’t continue to rely on Antonio.