Ahead of the transfer market, there has been a flurry of activity as various clubs look to make final additions to their squads. Liverpool has been making contact with various targets in search of a new midfielder and a left-handed center back, with the aim of acquiring them before the market closes.
However, Liverpool is not only the chaser, but also the pursued. Al-Ittihad is planning a big-money raid to acquire Egyptian international Mohamed Salah. They are also interested in his teammate, former England defender Joe Gomez.
According to The Daily Mirror, following Al-Ittehad, West Ham United are also seriously considering signing the former Charlton defender and are looking to rob him in the final phase of the transfer market.
The club has backed away from Manchester United defender Harry Maguire and is still looking to strengthen its center-back corps, which includes Nayef Aguerd,Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna, and Thilo Kehrer.
West Ham is at a financial disadvantage if Al-Ittihad launches a full-fledged battle for the job. However, there is not the same gap in ability between the regulars and reserves as in Liverpool, which could provide competition to secure a starting position. Additionally, being in the Premier League is an important factor.
However, Liverpool will not be willing to let go of the 26-year-old defender at an imminent time, and both clubs will have to negotiate hard to secure his services.
If the fee is so large that a replacement can be easily secured, it may be too big to turn down, but realistically speaking, Joe Gomez will still play for Liverpool this season and help them get back into the Champions League…