By Danny Wright
West Ham are contemplating a move for Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic in the summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail reports that the Hammers will have to cough up £16million if they wish to pry the winger away from the Premier League giants.
Markovic is currently on a temporary deal at Hull after a dismal loan spell at Sporting CP which was cut short after he made just 14 appearances.
The 23-year-old is clearly deemed as surplus to requirements in Merseyside as he also spent the entirety of last season on loan at Fenerbahce, which was marred by a serious hamstring injury.
He hasn’t played a competitive game for the Reds since May 2015 and has only made 34 appearances in all competitions since he was signed from Benfica for £20million in 2014.
Since moving to Hull he’s made 8 appearances across all competitions but has failed to score or provide an assist.
West Ham are looking to strengthen their attacking options in the summer after Dimitri Payet left in January.
Robert Snodgrass was signed as a replacement for the Frenchman but he is yet to prove his worth in front of goal in eight league outings.
Markovic’s next game for Hull is a relegation six-pointer against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.
Football Insider Verdict
Markovic is perhaps one of those players that isn’t suited to a big club but will thrive at a team like West Ham. He was very highly rated by Brendan Rodgers when he signed him three years ago in the wake of Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona and there still has to be something about him that could prove useful for the Hammers. At 23 years-of-age, he has bags of experience for clubs all around Europe and with the Serbian national team. West Ham would be signing a good player in Markovic as he’s still got his best years ahead of him. The ex-Benfica man is seen as a winger that can both play wide and provide assists as well as someone who can cut inside and test the opposing goalkeeper – and that is exactly what West Ham need.
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