West Ham are now in pole position to sign Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka, according to reports in Zambia.
Liverpool have been keeping tabs on the 22-year-old after he impressed against the Reds in a pre-season game last summer, while Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked.
However, the Hammers and RB Leipzig are now said to be the frontrunners for Daka’s signature, with a £25m fee expected to be enough to snap up the forward. Fans on Twitter are wondering why the player would favour a move to the London Stadium:
What nonsense so they claim he will turn down LFC to sign for WHFC heard it all now ???
— Lfc (@Lfckloppo) May 28, 2021
He is a hidden gem. A lethal striker, who is comfortable with both feet.
Daka has a phenomenal conversion rate of 27% for the past two seasons in the Austrian Bundesliga, which is close to Haaland’s 30% in his breakthrough 2019/20 season with RB Salzburg.
— kazoorice (@wearewinnin) May 28, 2021
No they aren’t
— FSG OUT (@DavidVaughan5) May 28, 2021
We can loan him to West ham for season if that helps…
— Andy Stokes (@Stokesa49) May 28, 2021
Nonsense! West Ham over Liverpool? I hear the game time argument, but if he is that good he will play?
— Superman Wa Limpopo (@Thema_Lebo) May 29, 2021
He will never turn lfc down no one can
— Sohail Husain (@SohailH90242908) May 29, 2021
Surely Liverpool can pull this off if Klopp really wants him Givin the the relationship LFC has with the RB franchise
— Lsb (@LSBCPT1) May 29, 2021
If LFC really did come knocking then West Ham would not be favourites
— Cameron Campbell (@Cameron66251360) May 29, 2021
It seems likely that West Ham will offer the Zambian international first-team football, while it must also be pointed out that Liverpool aren’t in a position to make an offer.
Following the arrival of Ibrahima Konate for £36m, the Reds will reportedly need to offload some players in order to free up the funds required for more signings.