West Ham tipped to swoop for Origi after major update - pundit
West Ham could turn their attention to Liverpool striker Divock Origi if they are priced out of a move for Tammy Abraham.
That is the view of former Leeds and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the “very reasonable price” the Reds are willing to sell Origi, 26, for this summer.
On July 2nd, The Athletic‘s Caoimhe O’Neill revealed that Liverpool will sanction the Belgium striker’s exit for a fee between £15-20million.
The Hammers are in the market for a centre-forward in this window after they sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January.
As revealed by Football Insider (10th July), West Ham have leapfrogged Aston Villa in the race to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
It comes as Chelsea lower their price tag for the 23-year-old from £40million to nearer the £30million mark.
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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if Origi represented better value for money, Whelan said: “It’s a very reasonable price for Origi.
“We have see that on his day he is a great player. He is someone who can hold the ball up, get in behind or even play out wide. He gives you lots of options as a manager.
“At Liverpool he has been sitting in the shadows because of the talent they have. A lot of clubs will think that if he plays regularly he’ll be able to get himself into the groove and start scoring goals.
“He would be a great asset for West Ham or any club for that matter. If the Tammy Abraham deal doesn’t go through, you know there is a good player available there for £15million, which is not a lot of money in this day and age.
“He is a striker of great quality and the time has come on for him to leave.”