In Focus: West Ham need more experience than Marko Grujic would offer them

According to ESPN FC, West Ham United have expressed an interest in signing Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, who is rated at €5m (approximately £4.5m) according to Transfermarkt, on loan until the end of the season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, ESPN FC says that the Irons, along with Premier League rivals Huddersfield Town and Championship side Aston Villa are all keen on the Serbia international, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said to be open to him leaving on a temporary basis in order to play regularly.

ESPN FC says that the 21-year-old’s potential destination will be the one where he is guaranteed to play the most, meaning that he would need to be a regular fixture in the middle of the park for David Moyes’ men if they were to bring him to the London Stadium.

Grujic signed for the Merseyside in a £5.1m deal from Red Star Belgrade in 2015, the report adds that Klopp is still confident that he has a long-term future at Anfield despite his lack of game time this term.

How has he done this season?

As we just mentioned, even though Grujic is obviously highly-regarded by the club and his manager, he has only made six appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this term, with only one of those being starts and the other five coming as brief substitute outings.

The Serbian midfielder did play the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat against Leicester City in the EFL Cup back in September, while his most recent appearance for the first-team came late on in the 5-1 win against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League last month.

The 20-year-old has also made four appearances in the Premier League 2 for the U23 side, and he scored one and assisted another from a defensive midfield role in an impressive 3-1 win away against Manchester United in October.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

He certainly could be, yes.

Moyes is known to be looking to strengthen his midfield options this month, and adding a tall and strong player in the middle of the park seems to be a potential preference.

Standing at 6ft 3in and with good ability in the air, Grujic may well fit the ball of what the Scot is looking for and would add some steel in central areas.

However, given that the Irons are potentially facing a relegation battle this season, the east London outfit may look to add a more experienced player to their squad instead.

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