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Rumour Mongering: West Ham Target Lazar Beams

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Lazar Markovic’s Liverpool career is all but over, but West Ham might be keen on taking him off our hands, as they are wont to do.

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When Lazar Markovic arrived at Liverpool from Benfica for £20 million in the summer of 2014, many supporters—myself very much included—were excited by the potential attacking threat of this young Serbian winger. Unfortunately, his potential was just about all that there was.

Since 2014-15, Lazar beams spent loan spells at Fenerbahce, Sporting CP, and now Hull, and has hardly lit the world on fire in any of them. Markovic has recorded just 2 goals and 2 assists throughout his varied adventures across European leagues. Regardless, West Ham—who have a recent history of taking transfer mistakes off our hands—are reportedly interested in bringing the 23-year-old winger to London for £16 million.

If this report is anywhere close to true, it’s hard to imagine Liverpool turning down the offer. Heck, they’d probably agree before the fax finishes printing. Markovic is almost certainly on the chopping blocks for this summer, which is especially sad considering the larger squad needed in order to compete in Europe (and hopefully Champions League) next year. Getting a decent return from Markovic would certainly help build Klopp’s war chest which he may or may not actually have.