The Hammers open talks for Divock Origi
The Hammers open talks for Divock Origi

Liverpool drew 1-1 against Athletic Bilbao at Anfield on Sunday as their pre-season continues.

Klopp’s side are speeding up their transfer dealings as they look to form their team ahead of the new Premier League season, which starts in less than a week.

It’s been an unimpressive window so far, with centre back Ibrahima Konate the only senior addition in the first-team squad.

However, at Anfield, the focus appears to be on player departures in order to reduce the club’s salary bill and fund additional investments.

According to Football Insider, West Ham have begun ‘preliminary talks’ to recruit out-of-favour Liverpool forward Divock Origi this summer.

The Belgian attacker has faded into the background at Anfield, starting only two Premier League games last season.

Origi only made one appearance for the Reds last season, in an EFL win against Lincoln City, and does not look to have much of a chance with the club.

The 26-year-old arrived from Lille for a €12 million price seven years ago but has struggled to find first-team appearances in recent seasons.

There is no indication that Origi will break into the Liverpool attack, which includes Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane, indicating that the Hammers may make a play for him.

According to the report, a £15 million offer may be enough to persuade Liverpool to trade the player.

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