By Will Butcher
West Ham are keen on a sensational loan move for Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard, according to a report.
Football website Tribal Football claimed earlier this summer that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was keeping tabs on the 17-year-old Norwegian prodigy, who already has nine caps for his country, and has asked to be kept informed of his situation.
Squawka are now reporting that West Ham are looking to capitalise on the Reds’ hesitation by bringing Odegaard to the Olympic Stadium.
It is said that West Ham are pushing hard to land him after losing Manuel Lanzini for five weeks with a knee injury.
Odegaard has a long list of German clubs interested in taking him, including Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg. Roma and Monaco have also been credited with an interest.
But West Ham hope the lure of the Premier League can turn his head.
“Unfortunately for us, Lanzini’s injury is a blow,” manager Slaven Bilic said earlier this week. “It’s not a big injury but he can’t play for the next four or five weeks.”
Odegaard’s father is set to meet with Real officials next week, as they look to discuss the player’s future and the possibility of a temporary move.
The playmaker put pen to paper at the Bernabeu last year after signing from two-time Norwegian Premier League winners Stromsgodset for a fee of around £2.4million.
Any possibility of a permanent deal for Odegaard looks unlikely, as he still has five years remaining on his current contract and Real went to huge effort to secure his signature ahead of Europe’s other biggest clubs.
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