A high stakes Liverpool power play holds the key to a potential West Ham transfer according to new reports emerging this week.
Nobody has epitomised David Moyes’s West Ham transformation more than bargain £20 million signing Jarrod Bowen.
On his return to West Ham Moyes stated he wanted to rebuild the club around young, talented, hard-working players hungry to prove themselves.
And Bowen is the perfect example of that.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Moyes appear to look for very similar traits in the players they target. But Liverpool can attract – and afford – to go for players who are already proven at the top level whereas West Ham often have to take a chance on players looking to show they have what it takes.
In the summer Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for West Ham’s 24-year-old star. Indeed The Sun claims West Ham actually rejected a bid from Liverpool, who – the report claims – remain interested.
And Klopp has hardly hidden his admiration for Bowen. Ahead of West Ham’s win over Liverpool before the international break, Klopp was singing Bowen’s praises.
Naturally that sparked a new raft of speculation linking the West Ham favourite with a January move to Anfield.
West Ham fans will naturally be concerned at the prospect of losing Bowen to Liverpool.
So Hammers supporters will be watching developments at Anfield with interest after a new report from The Mirror claimed a West Ham bid from Klopp all hinges on whether Liverpool can agree a record-breaking new deal with Mohamed Salah.
High stakes Liverpool power play holds the key to potential West Ham transfer – report
“His (Bowen) form has certainly interested the Reds and they have long been linked with making a move for the Englishman,” The Mirror states.
“The 25-year-old’s energetic style of play would certainly suit Liverpool’s philosophy under Jurgen Klopp.
“It would be a high-stakes power-play, but if the Reds did explore a move for Bowen, it could be enough to convince Salah to stay.
“Such a move would clearly show that they will not be held to ransom by the attacker, who is understood to have demanded a wage structure-busting salary. Exploration of a move for Bowen would also serve as a warning to Salah that Liverpool believe they may be able to replace him.
“Staying at the Reds would seemingly offer him the best chance to continue to win major trophies, with few of his potential suitors in as strong a position as Klopp’s men.”
Losing Bowen would be a massive blow to West Ham. But why would the Hammers sell unless it was for crazy money?
If anything West Ham need to add to the likes of Bowen to continue to build on the foundations Moyes has laid at the London Stadium.
It is a huge compliment that Klopp holds Bowen in high regard given Salah is one of the best players on the planet.