talkSPORT's Alex Crook says 'big possibility' West Ham sign Divock Origi
The chances of West Ham signing Liverpool striker Divock Origi are good thanks to the connection between the club and his agent, says Alex Crook.
The talkSPORT journalist believes the fact that the Belgian international hired Will Salthouse as his agent in the last year makes a move to the London Stadium likely because the Hammers make a lot of signings through the agent.
David Moyes has been looking to add some attacking depth up front since Sebastien Haller left, with Michail Antonio the only established striker in the first team.
Crook told Give Me Sport: “There’s a connection there, Will Salthouse is Origi’s agent.
“I think he took over his contract fairly recently, as in the last year or so, and there’s a big connection between West Ham and Will Salthouse, they tend to do a lot of signings through him.
“So, I’ve always thought that Origi is a big possibility for West Ham.”
The Athletic reported this week that Liverpool would let the international leave following the big-money signing of Luis Diaz.
Even without the agent connection this transfer makes almost perfect sense.
The 26-year-old is available for an excellent price, with the Mirror reporting this month that he is available for less than £10million.
And this is for a player who, although not a regular started at Anfield, always seems to score hugely important goals when he is in the side, leading Jurgen Klopp to refer to him as a “legend” only last month after the forward had scored another injury time winner (The Guardian).
His ability to score on the biggest occasions makes him a highly attractive prospect, and the fact that there is not a long line of clubs bidding for him is strange.
Origi famously scored the goal that secured Liverpool’s comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, before finding the net again in the final against Tottenham.
His five goals in Merseyside derbies, including a famous injury time winner, would work well for the Hammers who play in a city with more derbies than any other in England.
David Moyes should be at the front of the queue to sign Origi now that he has become available, as a proven Premier League scorer, at a good price and with years still ahead of him.
In other West Ham news, the club reportedly have five deals on the table having left it late to get business done.