Liverpool are reportedly willing to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer, with West Ham and Aston Villa consequently registering interest.
The midfielder has endured a mixed Anfield career following his 2017 arrival from Arsenal. His debut season under Jurgen Klopp turned him into a force to be reckoned with – especially for Manchester City.
However, a serious knee injury in May 2018 saw him miss most of the subsequent 2018/19 campaign.
Despite playing regularly in Liverpool‘s Premier League title-winning season, Oxlade-Chamberlain has never got back to his previous heights. And with only one year left on his deal, Liverpool do not want to lose him for nothing.
Indeed, the Daily Mirror now reports that the Reds are ready to listen to offers for the 28-year-old.
West Ham and Villa are therefore on alert over a potential summer deal. Villa boss Steven Gerrard, a former midfielder himself, is a big fan of Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Hammers boss David Moyes is also looking at the Englishman as a key signing to bolster his ranks.
The newspaper adds that Liverpool, who signed Oxlade-Chamberlain for £35million, will ask for more than £10million for him, but will accept a loss.
The 35-cap England international has fallen down the pecking order under Klopp at Liverpool.
He has not played since March 20 and is highly unlikely to feature in Saturday’s Champions League final, Liverpool’s last game of the season.
His best recent chance for game time amid Liverpool’s trophy push was arguably Southampton away earlier in May. Klopp made nine changes, but Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and James Milner started in midfield instead.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was an unused substitute and Jones and Elliott, while in some ways still representing the future of Liverpool’s midfield, are also an important part of the present.
Oxlade-Chamberlain perfect for West Ham
Southampton academy product Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted when he signed for Liverpool that it was “tough” to leave Arsenal after his six years there.
And now seems like the perfect time to move back to his roots in London with a transfer to West Ham.
Not only that, but the Hammers have seen first-hand what an attacking midfielder looking for a fresh start can do for their team.
Jesse Lingard impressed at West Ham on loan from Manchester United last January. In fact, he won a Premier League Player of the Month award and returned to the England squad.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ready to leave Liverpool this summer
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to leave Liverpool this summer and has interest from Newcastle, West Ham and other Premier League teams
They are keen again now that Lingard is a free agent, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is another perfect option in the same boat.
He has struggled for game time at Anfield, just as Lingard has at Old Trafford. It is high time he revamped his career with a move to West Ham.
Villa would also be a good option, working under the guidance of ex-Liverpool midfielder and linking up with Philippe Coutinho.