Liverpool defender Joe Gomez’s future at Anfield remains up in the air, with Tottenham, Newcastle United and West Ham United vying for his signature.
According to 90 min, Tottenham, Newcastle United, and West Ham United are all keen on a deal for Liverpool star Joe Gomez, who is considering a move away from Anfield in order to secure his place in England’s World Cup squad in Qatar this year.
After battling through a series of injuries that kept him out for most of his first two seasons after arriving from Charlton Athletic in 2015, Gomez settled into the heart of the Liverpool defence in his next couple of seasons and made an admirable impact.
The 24-year-old was an important part of the Reds’ Premier League title-winning campaign in 2019/20, forming a formidable partnership with Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool won four major titles across two seasons. Unfortunately, he ruptured a tendon in his left knee that ruled him out of action for the best part of last year and shattered his UEFA Euro 2020 hopes.
He made a comeback from the horror injury but has only started one top-flight game all season, with Joel Matip and summer signing Ibrahima Konate making it hard for the Englishman to break into starting eleven. Gomez has fallen down the pecking order in Merseyside and now finds himself as the fourth-choice centre-back.
With Gomez keen on being part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming World Cup, the defender could push through a move come summer in search of regular first-team football. Despite his recurring injury problems, there is no shortage of suitors for the English centre-half, with Premier League clubs, including Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham, all interested in securing his services.
Despite Antonio Conte’s reputation as one of the world’s best defensive coaches, Spurs have struggled at the back this season, owing primarily to a lack of quality personnel at the back, with Ben Davies serving as a makeshift left-sided centre-back, while Joe Rodon and Davinson Sanchez are largely unreliable and need replacing.
To that end, Gomez is considered as a player who ticks all the boxes and would be a welcome addition to the Lilywhites’ backline as they look to rebuild under the Italian coach.
The English centre-half is also in high demand on Tyneside, with in-form Newcastle pulling away from the dreaded relegation zone. With veteran defenders Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark expected to depart St. James’ Park, the cash-rich Magpies could be on the lookout for proven Premier League quality as Eddie Howe strives to guide his side into the upper tiers of the English elite, making Gomez a viable target.
As for West Ham, they desperately need a top-class centre-back to play alongside Kurt Zouma as a long-term successor for currently-injured Angelo Ogbonna, with Craig Dawson, 31, looking off the pace and Issa Diop being inconsistent. Signing someone with Gomez’s pedigree would be some statement from the Hammers’ hierarchy amid their Champions League aspirations.
The 24-year-old’s current contract at Anfield runs until 2024 and he will not come cheap by any means. Whether any of the clubs mentioned above do lodge an irresistible offer to prise Gomez away from Liverpool in the summer remains to be seen.