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West Ham United: Hammers linked with move for Roberto Firmino

West Ham United: Hammers linked with move for Roberto Firmino - Premier League News

West Ham United have now been linked with a January move for Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino by journalist Alex Crooks.

The Lowdown: Firmino’s Liverpool career

Firmino has been a fantastic servant to Liverpool since arriving at the club from Hoffenheim in 2015, more than worth the £29m outlay that the Reds initially forked out for him, emerging as a key player in the title-winning 2019/20 Premier League season, playing in all 38 games.

However, now that he is 31, game time has started to become more limited, only completing the full 90 minutes on three occasions in the league this term, and it has now emerged that Jurgen Klopp is open to selling him, opening the door for a move to the London Stadium.

The Latest: Crooks’ update

Speaking to talkSPORT, (via CaughtOffside), West Ham insider Crooks said:

I could see Firmino leaving, certainly in the summer, if not this month. I think there will be clubs looking at Firmino, maybe West Ham, who need firepower. Half of the Premier League would want Firmino if he became available.”

The Verdict: Get it done?

Even though the Brazilian has only featured as a bit-part player this season, he has still managed to impress, helping himself to a very solid seven goals and three assists in 13 Premier League outings, while he has also scored twice in the Champions League.

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Hailed as ‘incredible‘ by Tony Cascarino back in August, the striker has proven that he still has a lot left to offer at the top level, and given that he is only 31, he is still likely to have a few more good years left in him.

Firmino has averaged 44.84 passes attempted per 90 over the past year, ranking him in 99th percentile, and highlighting that his main strength is his ability to bring his teammates into the play, so he is not a traditional striker in that sense.

He would be a very nice option for David Moyes to have though, as he is able to play deeper, to perhaps support Gianluca Scamacca.

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