Liverpool keen on 21-goal Porto striker as back-up option

Date published: Tuesday 11th June 2019 3:15 - Matthew Briggs

Moussa Marega

Liverpool are pondering whether to make a move for Porto forward Moussa Marega as back-up for their prolific forward trio, according to a report.

Marega has scored 21 goals and created 11 for his team-mates in all competitions for Porto this season, including six goals in nine Champions League appearances and his impressive record has caught the eye of numerous clubs across Europe.

Last week Correio Da Manha (via Sport Witness) claimed West Ham United, Leicester City and Wolves were the clubs looking at the 28-year-old striker, but they had been put off by Porto’s asking price.

The Portuguese outlet claimed that Porto were holding out for a fee near to his €40million release clause, as he still has two years left on his contract and they are under no pressure to sell.


Now though French publication Foot Mercato journalist Sebastien Denis (via Sport Witness) suggest that Liverpool and West Ham are “hot” on Marega with the Premier League sides “better equipped” to land the Mali international, amid interest from Marseille.

It’s not the first time Marega has been linked to Anfield with Bild, via the Daily Star, claiming Liverpool and Spurs were keen to land him in March 2017, when he was branded the “Jamie Vardy of Portugal”.

Sapo Desporto also claimed in March that Marega was keen on a move to West Ham last summer, but was priced out of a move by Porto.

If Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp did give the green light for Marega it is understood he would provide back-up for the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.


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