West Ham United are deciding whether or not to test Liverpool’s resolve with a bid for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
That’s according to the Irish Mirror, who claim that West Ham are ‘weighing up’ bidding for the Liverpool player.
The Hammers are reportedly pondering a £10m bid for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is currently injured.
It’s claimed that Liverpool have ‘decide against’ selling the 28-year-old this summer as he enters the last year of his contract. This stance could be tested should West Ham make their interest official, though.
Ox injury could make Liverpool’s mind up for them
For Oxlade-Chamberlain, his injury really couldn’t have come at a worse time. The midfielder had actually looked really sharp in pre-season before he pulled up against Crystal Palace.
He must be desperate to prove his worth as hope still remains of extending his deal at the club. Out of action at the start of the season, it could be impossible to then force a way back in.
From a Liverpool point of view though, perhaps it could be the signal needed to move him on once and for all.
He has been expected to stay at Liverpool as they reportedly did a U-turn on their plans this summer. But that would be purely as a squad player, with limited minutes on offer. Ox would then leave on a free transfer in a year’s time.
But with a now injured player, is that really worth it? The Reds could lose out on a decent transfer fee for a player who has had his issues repeatedly in the past.
If Oxlade-Chamberlain stays and is then injured, or doesn’t feature, that would be a pretty costly mistake from Liverpool.
Should West Ham decide they do in fact want to make an offer, perhaps something around the £10m mark may prove too good to turn down.