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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool to Try Another Moses

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Rumour has it Liverpool are plotting the signing of a player Nigerian winger named Moses, but it’s 19-year-old Moses Simon, not the player who failed to make a mark with the club during his season on loan.

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Liverpool’s last Moses, of the Victor variety and on loan from Chelsea, didn’t work out so well. That Moses scored a single goal in 19 appearances as Liverpool challenged for the title last year, and while Jose Mourinho wasn’t pleased by the lack of minutes, the 24-year-old’s struggles this season to do anything better at Stoke City would suggest Liverpool were right to largely leave him on the sidelines.

Of course, one wouldn’t expect a bad experience with a Steven to put the club off every other Steven on the planet, and rumour has it Liverpool are after another Nigerian winger who shares the name. That winger is Moses Simon, a 19-year-old currently plying his trade for Gent in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, and while every other young winger on the planet is busy being dubbed the next Messi, he’s instead been named the Nigerian Ronaldo.

He’s already made two first team appearances for the senior national team, and since arriving in Belgium from Trencin of the Slovakian league in January he has already scored seven goals in 14 appearances. He scored 17 goals in 39 appearances over a season and a half for Trecin before earning the move to Belgium in January, with his new club paying an €800k fee for the youngster. Tottenham and Fenerbahce have previously been rumoured to be tracking him.

While he likely isn’t ready to make a major contributor for a side in a top league, he’s clearly a talented attacker. He has also shown an ability to play anywhere across the attacking band and may have a future at striker. Wherever he does end up, speculation is that he will cost in the range of £2-4M, a quite tidy profit for the Belgian side that only recently acquired him.