Transfer window madness begins as £60m fee is set for West Ham and Liverpool deal over star player by random pundit.
You only have to flick on the TV or take a quick look online to realise the January transfer window is well and truly open.
With Covid, the African Nations and the usual injuries to factor in, clubs like West Ham and Liverpool are being heavily linked with a host of players.
Both Liverpool and West Ham have so much to play for this season. So getting it right in this transfer window is imperative.
The two clubs have actually been linked to several transfer deals between one another in recent weeks.
West Ham are credited with a keen interest in Liverpool defender Nat Phillips and striker Divock Origi.
And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a self-confessed admirer of West Ham star Jarrod Bowen too.
Liverpool were linked with a deadline day move for Bowen back in the summer window. And on Boxing Day the Liverpool Echo reported that Klopp remains seriously interested.
That counts for little if the player is not for sale, though.
So you know the transfer window madness has well and truly begun when a £60m fee is set for a West Ham and Liverpool deal over Bowen by a particularly random pundit.
Transfer window madness begins as £60m fee is set for West Ham and Liverpool deal by random pundit
Former players seem to come crawling out of the woodwork at this time of year to chuck in their two-pennies-worth regarding transfers.
And that is certainly the case when Football Insider spoke to former goalkeeper Paddy Kenny – who played for 12 clubs during his career neither of which were West Ham or Liverpool.
In an article headlined ‘West Ham to demand £60m for Bowen amid Liverpool interest’ fans of the Hammers and Reds could have been forgiven for thinking a deal was in the offing.
But no, alas, the crux of the article was that if Liverpool do indeed want to sign Bowen, ex Sheffield United ‘keeper Kenny is setting the price at £60m on West Ham’s behalf.
“For Bowen, you are looking at a massive fee,” Kenny told Football Insider.
“These big clubs have to know, these days they have to pay over the odds for these players. I think if you look at his form, his ability and how important he is to Liverpool you are looking at £50million.
“Maybe even £60million, West Ham do not need to sell. That’s the key thing here, so it could take that for a bid to be accepted.”
Now listen to be fair to Kenny, he was a brilliant shot stopper in his day and a real character.
But this is a prime example of transfer talk for the sake of it. A cheeky attempt to conjure a transfer story out of nothing.
And without being overly harsh, fans of West Ham nor Liverpool will take any interest in his opinion on a deal for Bowen.
Plus if Jarrod keeps going the way he is then it will take a lot more than £60m to get him out of West Ham.