The old saying ‘you should never look a gift horse in the mouth’ very much applies to West Ham United boss David Moyes after a no-brainer invitation from Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp.
That old adage essentially means you shouldn’t criticise a gift, even if you don’t like it very much.
So after Klopp essentially invited January bids for Liverpool striker Divock Origi from interested parties like West Ham, Moyes would be wise to take the German up on his offer.
Last month Klopp took the very unusual step of publicly criticising his rival managers over a lack of concrete interest in reported West Ham striker target Origi over the summer.
West Ham had been heavily linked with the Liverpool bit-part player after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax back in January.
The Hammers were keen to sign the Belgian forward according to club insider ExWHUemployee.
And many West Ham fans were excited at the prospect of bringing the 26-year-old in from Liverpool. Especially given the club’s lack of back-up for Michail Antonio.
ut Hammers boss David Moyes allegedly wasn’t convinced by the 26-year-old Reds attacker.
ExWHUemployee claimed West Ham were considering a loan move to sign the 26-year-old Liverpool man.
But Moyes wasn’t convinced as it emerged the former Lille ace is a client of agent Will Salthouse – a close confidant of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan.
In the end Moyes elected not to sign another striker, much to the bemusement of West Ham fans. The Scot said that there simply were not any strikers available that he wanted or could afford (Independent).
Origi starred in Liverpool’s superb 3-2 win over AC Milan in the Champions League last month.
And Klopp hit out after the game saying the striker’s performance showed rival managers ‘don’t watch enough football’ if they didn’t think Origi was worth buying in the summer (BT Sport).
“(Divock) played a beautiful game. People forget how good he is, it’s difficult to get into this team,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“In the summer transfer window we all thought there would be a proper offer for him, but obviously people don’t watch football enough.
“He’s a sensational striker and he did really well today… He’s a great guy. He’ll be seen as a legend when he leaves. He could have left in the summer but football is a crazy place and people forgot how good he is.”
Klopp has made it perfectly clear Origi is available. And he is a quality forward.
Even if he is not Moyes’s ideal signing, given the Scot’s claim that there is a dearth of striking talent out there, it is surely a no-brainer for him and West Ham come January.
Origi’s lack of game time at Liverpool has cost him his place in the Belgium squad.
So the opportunity to get more game time at a club on the rise like West Ham with the London factor would undoubtedly appeal.
It makes sense for all parties. And sometimes you really can’t afford to look a gift horse in the mouth.