EXCLUSIVE: West Ham approach Liverpool with view to sign 27-year-old

A source close to Anfield Central claims that Liverpool have been approached by West Ham United, with the Hammers interested in signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The midfielder returned to fitness in December after missing 113 days due to a knee injury but since then he has been limited to just two starts, coming on from the bench 10 times in all competitions.

While he hasn’t exactly lit the pitch alight during those cameos, Jurgen Klopp remembers his form on the way to the 2017/18 Champions League final and believes he can still be a valuable member of the Liverpool squad.

Liverpool’s English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L), Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) and Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Fabinho walk off the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park in south London on December 19, 2020. – Liverpool won the match 7-0. PHOTO BY CLIVE ROSE/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES.

A source close to Anfield Central states that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future at Liverpool depends largely on his desire for regular game time after West Ham approached the Reds regarding signing the Englishman.

The Hammers are looking to capitalise on their fine form this season by making signings they feel can strengthen them ahead of the 2021/22 campaign which could see them in the Champions League.

David Moyes’ side is just two points off the top four and if they are involved in Europe’s elite competition next season, they will need to add quality and believe Oxlade-Chamberlain fits the bill.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on July 15, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. PHOTO BY NICK TAYLOR/LIVERPOOL FC/LIVERPOOL FC VIA GETTY IMAGES.

Liverpool want to keep him but his future with the Reds rests largely on his desire to play regularly.

He will not be a starter next season and so if he wants to move on in a bid to increase his minutes, Klopp will not stop him.

The hope is that Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to stay at Liverpool and help challenge for the Premier League again next season as the coaching staff at Kirkby rate the 27-year-old and want him to keep the likes of Thiago on their toes.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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