By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool have gone into talks with Arsenal in the eleventh hour in an attempt to sign wide forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to a reliable journalist.
The Mirror claimed via their website on Wednesday that the Reds had been given permission by Arsene Wenger’s side to sign the 24-year-old Englishman just hours before the transfer cut-off.
Now, Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce has claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon that the two Premier League giants have now started negotiations with just over 24 hours of the three-month transfer window left.
Liverpool make their move for Oxlade-Chamberlain. Talks with Arsenal underway #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 30, 2017
Oxlade-Chamberlain is thought to favour a move to Liverpool after reportedly rejecting a move to Chelsea alongside extending his contract, which is set to run out at Arsenal next summer.
The 27-time capped England international has started in all four of the Gunners matches in all competitions this season and even played 62 minutes of the 4-0 humiliation suffered at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
However, the once thought of bright prospect will be hoping to kick start his career in Jurgen Klopp’s side if he does end up making the switch.
Football Insider verdict:
With Liverpool competing in both the Premier League and Champions League this season the squad is going to have to be improved upon and there certainly are a lot worse squad players than Oxlade-Chamberlain. The 24-year-old has experience of playing against Europe’s elite as well as playing at international level and this could prove to be a very smart piece of business by Liverpool in the future if Arsenal don’t request too much money.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are unwilling to sell this player to a Premier League rival.