Phillips claims £15m Origi deal could convince Rice to stay at West Ham
Kevin Phillips insists there is no risk in West Ham potentially signing Divock Origi from Liverpool.
The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, also claimed the Belgium striker’s arrival could have an impact on Declan Rice’s future.
On July 2nd, The Athletic’s Caoimhe O’Neill reported that Liverpool will sanction Origi’s exit for a fee between £15-20million this summer and West Ham are among the interested clubs.
Origi, 26, only made nine Premier League appearances last season with only two of those outings coming from the start.
He also only scored once in all competitions as he struggled to match his tallies of six and seven goals from the previous two seasons.
Origi scored in a recent pre-season friendly against Wacker Innsbruck and Phillips claims this proves he is fit and hungry for more game time.
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“£15million? I don’t think that’s a risk,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“He scored the other night in a pre-season game so he is fit. He’s just desperate to play.
“He knows his time is up at Liverpool and he should be fresh, he hasn’t played a lot.
“For £15million, if the player wants to come, just go and do it. He’ll be hungry.
“The wages will probably be decent but that fee is nothing really. That could be a good signing could have a big impact on Rice staying.
“It shows West Ham can go out and sign quality players from teams like Liverpool.”
Rice has been the subject of much transfer speculation after his impressive performances at Euro 2020.
Manchester United and Chelsea have been heavily linked with a swoop for West Ham’s prize asset.