By Danny Wright
A Liverpool scout has been spotted with Porto enforcer Chidozie Awaziem, according to a report.
Nigerian news outlet OwnGoalNigeria claims that the Merseyside club had sent their recruitment experts to keep tabs on the 20-year-old as he scored in Porto’s 5-0 win over Sunderland Under-23s in a friendly cup game on Wednesday.
The Nigerian-born centre-back is understood to have a £17.2million release clause in his contract at the Portguese giants.
The Sun reported in April that Liverpool are keen on Awaziem, who has been a consistent feature in their development squad this term which features in the second tier of Portguese football.
He has made 35 appearances this season in Ledman Liga Pro, supplying two assists but his disciplinary record hasn’t been the best with 12 yellow cards and two red.
The 20-year-old has played 13 times for the senior squad having made his debut in January 2016.
He signed for Porto in 2014 from El Kanemi Warriors and has since been called up to the Nigerian national side last year for two friendly games but failed to earn a debut cap.
Football Insider Verdict
If Porto want to press Liverpool for Awaziem’s full release clause value they should definitely step away from this deal immediately. There’s no way that someone who is 20-years-old and barely plays any first-team, or international, football should be worth anywhere near as much as his release fee demands. It’s all fine and well Liverpool scouting players and looking at clubs like Porto is definitely the right way to go. However there has to be better options out there for Jurgen Klopp to ail his poor defence. Porto were very clever in getting that clause in his contract because it means that he will either go for nothing or go for a lot – which for a player of his quality is a risk worth taking.
In other Liverpool news, this defensive colossus has headed to the Merseyside club despite strong interest from Tottenham.