Liverpool are reportedly looking to add to their attacking depth by making a move for Nigeria international Moses Simon.
The Liverpool Echo are reporting that the Reds have scouted the 22-year-old and are looking to get the jump on their rivals, as it believed the Gent youngster has been tracked by a number of Premier League clubs.
The Echo speculate that the transfer fee will be around the £10million mark as he has a year to run on his contract.
As we saw in the latter part of the Premier League campaign and the Champions League, Liverpool were limping to the finish line with a number of key injuries to attack-minded players.
The season of Adam Lallana never got going due to an injury-ravaged preseason and while his like-for-like replacement in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a key figure in the mid part of the season, his knee injury in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Roma came at a critical time.
While they still may not have beaten Real Madrid in the final, having a fit and firing Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal would have given them a much better chance of victory.
It was also clearly noticeable that the gruelling season had taken its toll on Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, which was not a surprise as they were relied upon to put the ball in the back of the net, as their replacements in Dom Solanke and Danny Ings were either very raw, or on the road back from a series of injuries.
With the status of Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge still not entirely clear, the signing of Simon will be critical as the Reds look towards another season of balancing league and European football.
Simon, who is valued at £5.4m by transfermarkt.com, is able to play on the left or right of midfield, but spent the great majority of the 2017/18 season on the left flank where he scored six goals and contributed three assists to Gent, who finished fourth in the Belgian league.
Despite his impressive season and overall qualities, Simon missed out on Nigeria’s final World Cup squad, although he had been struggling with a hip injury.
While that would have undoubtedly come as a bitter blow, the strong interest by the Reds will surely put on a smile on his face once again.