By Daniel Feliciano

14th Jan, 2022 | 10:10pm

WHZ View: West Ham get Divock Origi transfer boost

West Ham have received a boost in their pursuit of a striker this winter after it was claimed that Divock Origi has ‘already decided to leave’ Liverpool this winter.

The Hammers have been linked with several striker signings this month, with David Moyes admitting that the club are keen to bring someone in to provide competition and depth for Michail Antonio.

Rumours surrounding Belgian Origi went cold earlier in the month when it was claimed that Liverpool had ‘no intention’ of letting the 26-year-old leave this month [The Athletic], despite having just six months remaining on his contract currently.

But a report by FCInter states that Origi has ‘already decided to leave Liverpool’ and that he is of interest to the Serie A champions.

While that is yet to be confirmed anywhere else, if the news is true then it means the Hammers are right back in the race for a signing in a key area during the transfer window.

Origi could be the perfect signing for Moyes’ side too, especially if a deal can be done at a reasonable price this month.

Antonio is without a doubt the number one striker right now, and Origi is more than used to playing second fiddle during his seven years at Liverpool so far.

But his record when he does play is pretty impressive, with a clear eye for goal and ability to influence games when coming off the bench too. He’s even been described as a ‘legend‘ before by Jamie Carragher.

So far this season he has made ten appearances, with just four starts and only 38 minutes of action in the Premier League. But according to WhoScored.com he is averaging 2.3 shots per game, 0.4 key passes per game and has been involved in seven goals (five goals, two assists).

Compare that to Michail Antonio who has had significantly more game time, and it isn’t too different.

The Jamaican has registered nine goals and six assists in 24 appearances this season, with an average of 2.6 shots per game and 1.7 key passes per game [WhoScored].

As an option from the bench or as competition for Antonio, Origi presents a great opportunity for West Ham and the club provide a great platform for the player too.

It could be a match made in heaven.

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