Southampton and West Ham United are both keen to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic before the transfer deadline, according to The Times.
The Serbian maestro starred for Liverpool last night as they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on penalties by Arsenal.
Boss Jurgen Klopp will look to trim his squad before the transfer window closes and Grujic could be a player at risk of being sold.
The 24-year-old signed for Liverpool in 2016, becoming Klopp’s first recruit as the Reds boss, signing for £5.1 million (BBC).
He has struggled to impose himself on the first-team though, spending two seasons on loan at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.
His availability has alerted Premier League duo Southampton and West Ham, with the Saints particularly keen.
Ralph Hasenhuttl oversaw Southampton’s first win of the season last weekend after a 1-0 win over Burnley.
His team finished 11th last season and he will hope to oversee a run towards the top half during 2020/21.
West Ham, on the other hand, are desperate for new additions to appear their disgruntled supporters.
They are perhaps not as keen as Southampton given they already have some steady midfield options.
Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Mark Noble would all act as competition for Grujic should he choose the London Stadium.
Despite a strong showing last night it seems likely Liverpool will cash in on their £20 million-rated player (Goal).
TBR View – Grujic would be ideal for Southampton
James Ward-Prowse and Oriel Romeu have been the midfield axis so far this season but in reserve, there isn’t much else.
Mario Lemina and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were both sold in the summer and with that in mind, Grujic could thrive at St Mary’s.
In placing himself in the shop window last night, he highlighted his ability to act as a box-to-box midfielder and real warrior who isn’t averse to getting stuck in defensively.
Hasenhuttl has built his Southampton squad on hard work and grit, making Grujic a solid-looking addition for the Saints boss.