This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Liverpool are ready to rival Tottenham Hotspur in their pursuit of Memphis Depay, according to Italian outlet CalcioMercato.
Spurs were reportedly preparing a move for the Netherlands international prior to the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, and considering they don’t have a natural striker in the squad apart from Harry Kane it is possible that he is still on their radar.
The 25-year-old has a little more than 18 months on his contract, too, which makes him a realistic option from a financial perspective, as the French club are running out of time to cash in, with the risk that he could seek to move on a free.
Whether Spurs’ interest in Depay could hinder their approach is another question, though given Liverpool’s success under Klopp they would perhaps be the more attractive option for him.
Breaking into Liverpool’s front-three would be a tough ask for Depay but after scoring 11 goals in 14 games for Lyon this season he will back his ability.
He is ever-present for an improving Netherlands side too and played a big role in their run to the UEFA Nations League final, a feat that some in the Reds’ squad have been unable to match.
One such player is Divock Origi, who has 28 Belgium caps to his name, and has started only six games under Klopp this term.
He is increasingly being used as a left-winger, too, which suggests the German doesn’t have confidence in his ability to lead the line. The addition of Depay would only make things worse for the former Lille man, with his importance likely to reduce as a result.
At £50m Depay would surely be the go-to man if one of the front-three were unavailable, and his ability to play across the attack, as he has evidenced throughout his career, would make him a valuable option.
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