The Liverpool plan to sign Jamal Lewis suffers a real blow if Yasser Larouci isn’t involved in the transfer. The latest reports suggest he won’t be.
Liverpool had a good plan to sign Lewis by all accounts. As we wrote recently, they looked to recreate the wildly successful Andy Robertson deal by including a youth player.
The Reds sold Kevin Stewart to Hull City when they signed Robertson and appeared set to do likewise with Lewis. Norwich supposedly wanted Larouci, after all, and the Algerian offers the Canaries a natural replacement.
A swap could lower the transfer fee or it could simply make a deal happen quickly. Unfortunately, things haven’t gone in that direction.
The BBC report that not only have Norwich rejected Liverpool’s £10m bid but they don’t want Larouci. The same outlet previously reported that they did want the teenager but it appears they were either wrong or Norwich changed their minds.
Either way, Liverpool seemingly can’t count on sending Larouci the other way for this one.
A tough sell
This makes things a lot harder. For one, Liverpool know a Lewis transfer will cost over £10m and any never figure will likely be an uncomfortable one.
These are tough economic times, after all, and spending big on a backup left-back won’t be high on the agenda.
You can also expect Norwich to wait some time before selling, too. Involving Larouci in the transfer offered the Canaries a fast replacement. Now, however, they’ll want to know their replacement before selling to Liverpool.
They may even hope that a bidding war can happen. This is a team that got over £20m for James Maddison before he’d even played in the Premier League, after all. They may well expect similar for Lewis – a player who has.