Transfer News: West Ham United eye Liverpool star Divock Origi

West Ham United could be interested in a move for Divock Origi in January, with his Liverpool contract expiring in the summer.

According to The Sun, West Ham United are keeping a watchful eye on developments regarding Divock Origi’s future at Liverpool. David Moyes wants to sign a striker to sustain a possible bid for the top-four and go far in the Europa League this season.

West Ham United have been sensational so far this season. While many expected them to falter between balancing the pressures of the Premier League and playing in the Europa League, Moyes has done an excellent job so far. The Hammers are fourth in the league while comfortably threading through their European group phase.

A glance at their squad and one should point at the lack of quality depth in the centre-forward department. For most parts, the Hammers have been reliant on the performances of star forward Michail Antonio, who might be an injury away from derailing their season.

Moyes tried to bring in an attacking midfielder and a striker in the summer and might try again in January, with some interesting opportunities emerging. West Ham are already primed to sign Jesse Lingard in the next window, while some forwards are heavily linked.

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The target is to sign at least one forward in the window, which could be a reliable alternative to Antonio. Hence the list has narrowed down to Clermont Foot striker Mohamed Bayo and Liverpool’s Divock Origi, with a deal for the Belgian considered easy compared to the Ligue 1 striker.

The Hammers are already in talks with the Ligue 1 side and are reportedly preparing to make a second bid for Bayo. However, they might seriously consider a swoop for Origi if the conditions for a transfer become favourable. Liverpool are resigned to see Origi leave the club when the season ends. With his contract ending next summer, the Reds might opt to cash in rather than watch him leave as a free agent.

West Ham are, therefore, hopeful of signing him on a knock-down fee in January as they believe Liverpool might entertain offers. Despite the Hammers being an attractive destination in current circumstances, Origi might have plenty of other offers from European clubs coming in.

Despite some heroic performances, especially during their Champions League-winning campaign, Origi has never been able to nail down a starting berth at Liverpool thanks to the presence of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Diogo Jota has also been ahead of him in the pecking order since his arrival last year.

While the Hammers might not promise him a place in their starting lineup, he could be playing with much more regularity compared to Liverpool. He could be a signing which might help Moyes achieve success this season, as the West Ham manager targets a top-four spot for the Hammers.

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