By Kevin Phillips

9th Aug, 2021 | 4:00pm

West Ham tipped to sign Origi after striker fee agreed today - pundit

Kevin Phillips is backing West Ham to sign Divock Origi after a blow in their hunt for Adam Armstrong.

The Sunderland icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the Liverpool striker’s future.

Football Insider revealed on Saturday (7th August) West Ham have opened preliminary talks to sign Origi.

On Monday morning (9th August), Sky Sports reported Southampton have agreed a fee for Blackburn striker Armstrong after this site revealed on Saturday how the club had moved into pole position to sign him.

This site also understands West Ham were just one Premier League side to hold a strong interest in the English striker.

Now Armstrong is heading to the south coast, Phillips claims the Hammers should move for Origi.

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“He’s been linked for a few weeks,” told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“It’s always difficult when he’s a second-choice target, not a top target.

“You almost feel there’s no one else out there and they have to go for him.

“I hope that isn’t the case with Origi because they have missed out on Danny Ings and now Armstrong.

“It’s clearly an area they need to strengthen. Michail Antonio can’t play every game of the season.

“If he’s injured, who plays? Origi has quality, the only concern is his consistency.

“I would like to think West Ham can get the best out of him, Moyes can get the best out of him.”

Origi, 26, only made nine Premier League appearances last season with only two of those outings coming from the start.

The forward scored two goals in all competitions last season.

In other news, West Ham told to sign a different Liverpool player after ‘huge’ Sky update.