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Liverpool set to face competition for Bayer Leverkusen star Diaby

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Liverpool are reportedly facing competition to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby during the upcoming transfer window.

The Lowdown: Diaby profiled

The 22-year-old first joined the Bundesliga outfit from Paris Saint-Germain back in 2019 and has since gone on to make a staggering 68 goal contributions in just 119 club appearances for his side, as per Transfermarkt.

The Reds have recently been linked with the forward, who is said to be viewed as a possible Mohamed Salah replacement, should he leave Merseyside at the end of the season, but now it seems that Jurgen Klopp’s men aren’t the only team in English football that are monitoring him.

The Latest: Hammers enter the race

According to Calciomercato, it’s claimed that fellow Premier League club West Ham have now joined the race for Diaby’s signature, with the hierarchy said to be ‘thinking about’ a possible transfer for the Frenchman.

The Verdict: High ambitions

If the five-time international has ambitions to play at the highest level, then making the move to Anfield would be the player’s best option, with Liverpool the more likely of the two sides to secure European football next season.

The £49.5m-rated talisman has already bagged 12 league goals and nine assists so far this campaign and currently averages 1.7 shots per game, as per WhoScored, which clearly shows that he has the attacking prowess needed to lead the line and could prove to be a suitable long-term successor for any of the current front three who aren’t getting any younger – Salah (29), Mane (30), Firmino (30).

The fact that the Reds are still on for the quadruple, having already won the Carabao Cup earlier this year, not to mention the fact that they have just booked their place in the Champions League semi-final, could prove to be a huge selling point when it comes down to the man once described as ‘irresistible’ making a decision on the destination of his next club.

In other news, Liverpool have reportedly reached an agreement to sell a 26-year-old long-time servant. Read more here.

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