West Ham manager David Moyes is risking a transfer disaster amid reports linking him with a new striker…
According to 90min, the Irons are among the clubs considering a move for forgotten Liverpool outcast Divock Origi as his agents continue to work on his exit from the 2019/20 Premier League winners.
There is said to be interest from abroad, although the east Londoners also face competition from top-flight rivals Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, as well as Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic.
It remains to be seen how much the Belgian forward would command, with Transfermarkt valuing him at just £10.8m.
Despite being lauded as a “monster” by former Belgium teammate Vincent Kompany, a move for Origi fails to make much sense, even if Moyes is desperate for a new centre-forward.
It is no secret that the Hammers need to find competition and backup to Michail Antonio as the 31-year-old has regularly struggled with injuries. After Sebastien Haller’s departure in January, the Scottish boss was left with just one option up top.
Origi just isn’t the answer, though, as he started only twice for Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League last season and has never had an inspiring record in the competition.
Indeed, as per Transfermarkt, the 26-year-old has scored 19 times across 100 appearances and was not trusted to feature when Diogo Jota suffered an injury or when Roberto Firmino was struggling for goals, which speaks volumes.
Even Haller hit double figures for West Ham, scoring 14 times across 54 appearances. He would be on course to well eclipse the returns of Origi, who very much has been living on that night against Barcelona in 2019.
The 6 foot 1 forward is reportedly raking in wages of around £75k-per-week at Anfield, which would rank him amongst Moyes’ top earners, and that just would not sit well with many in the squad as he’s done very little to justify such a salary throughout his career in England.
West Ham have been linked with plenty of better options, so Moyes has to steer well clear of Origi this summer.