West Ham have been linked with a shock move to sign Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino in the January transfer window.
talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has suggested that the Hammers could be an option for the 31-year-old Liverpool as, as he continues to be linked with an exit from Anfield.
Firmino, who earns £180k-a-week at Anfield (Spotrac), could be sold for just £16 million according to the Liverpool Echo.
However, he is set to become a free agent in the summer of 2023, so Jurgen Klopp would surely consider selling him for less than that amount in January.
Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his attacking ranks at the London Stadium this winter.
And it appears as though the Scot could have one very ambitious target…
West Ham could be in for Roberto Firmino
The Brazilian star’s future with Liverpool seems to be very uncertain at the moment, with an exit from Anfield looking likely at some point over the next six months.
Alex Crook, a journalist who has plenty of inside information at the London Stadium, has told talkSPORT how West Ham could be an option for the Liverpool forward:
I could see Firmino leaving, certainly in the summer, if not this month. I think there will be clubs looking at Firmino maybe West Ham, who need firepower. Half of the Premier League would want Firmino if he became available.
The Brazilian is a mercurial talent who would undoubtedly make a big difference to West Ham’s attacking play.
I must say though, the last thing that Moyes should be doing is bringing an ageing mercenary on the downward curve of his career to the London Stadium this month.
Moyes has always insisted that he wants to bring young, hungry and exciting footballers to the London Stadium. The Liverpool ace only fits into one of those three criteria.
It must be said that the 31-year-old’s ability to link play between midfield and attack is exactly what West Ham are missing though. He would be perfect for the Hammers in the number 10 role.
I just think that West Ham should pass up on the chance to sign Roberto Firmino this month, unless we got him for an unbelievable good price.
However, if there are no other options out there, then Bobby Firmino on a short-term deal may well make sense.
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