West Ham and Aston Villa have suffered a blow as the £125,000-a-week target suffers a serious injury
Earlier this summer it was said that West Ham and Aston Villa were considering a move for Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Manchester United also reportedly had an interest, but now all three will have to look elsewhere.
What is the story?
Well, the £125,000-a-week man has now suffered what Jürgen Klopp describes as a ‘serious’ hamstring injury.
As quoted by Liverpool’s official website, the German said: “It’s a serious hamstring injury and it will take longer (than Caoimhin Kelleher’s injury). But it’s a hamstring, and we all hate that word, we hate hurt but somehow it happens once in a while and now it was Ox.
This is devastating news for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who have struggled heavily with injuries in recent years.
The England international was only able to make eight Premier League starts last season as he often found himself in the treatment room, and after noticing another problem in the friendly against Crystal Palace, his chances of a new departure elsewhere are over – for now at least.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has also entered the final 12 months of his contract at Anfield, so unless he signs a new deal he now looks likely to leave on a free transfer next summer.
Maybe then David Moyes and Steven Gerrard can resuscitate their interest in the 28-year-old, but at the moment they are highly unlikely to sign him following his serious hamstring injury.
West Ham and Aston Villa have alternatives
Fear not West Ham and Aston Villa fans – your respective teams have alternatives to Oxlade-Chamberlain.
In Steven Gerrard’s case, he’s trying to sign Porto playmaker Otavio, and a bid worth £25.9m was rumored to be prepared at Villa Park.
However, Aston Villa face competition from Gerrard’s beloved Liverpool.
As for West Ham, Moyes has submitted an offer for Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, and is also in talks to sign Eintracht Frankfurt No.10 Filip Kostic.
Keep an eye on both clubs as we expect them to do more business before the transfer deadline.
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