Liverpool are eyeing a late swoop for Reading FC starlet Femi Azeez, who is set to be offered an astounding £75,000-a-weak deal.
If reports from Caught Offside are to be believed, Liverpool are prepared to make a late attempt to sign Femi Azeez. They have prioritised a move for the Reading FC forward, with Jurgen Klopp keen on adding some depth in the attacking unit.
Liverpool have already begun talks with Reading over the transfer, with the Premier League giants likely to offer an eye-catching £75,000-a-week contract to Azeez. The club is hopeful of striking a deal before the summer transfer window slams shut.
Azeez is officially a part of Reading’s U-23 setup, but the young forward made his Championship debut earlier this year, in the 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. He has started the new season on a positive note as well, featuring in four games and scoring two goals, including the crucial opener in the win over Preston North End.
In addition to his exploits in the Championship so far this campaign, the 20-year-old has an impressive record of performing in youth competitions. His tally of ten goals in 25 matches in the Elite Development League is fairly impressive, with the player already being considered as a vital part of Reading’s senior side this term.
Azeez’s rapid rise to prominence has now caught the attention of Liverpool. The Reds have had a quiet summer transfer window so far, but having recently lost Xherdan Shaqiri to Olympique Lyon, they are prepared to make a small investment in the attacking department.
Not to mention, the club has also sanctioned the permanent sale of Taiwo Awoniyi to Union Berlin while Divock Origi has been linked with a move away from Anfield as well. Klopp, therefore, is keen on adding some much-needed depth, especially in the forward department.
Femi Azeez fits the bill perfectly due to his impressive performances in the youth competitions and early impressions in the Championship. While it remains questionable as to whether or not he is ready to take the next step in his career, Liverpool clearly see him as one for the future and the striker may end up having a lot of prospect at Anfield.
Indeed, the 20-year-old could serve as a direct alternative for the likes of Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah in the number nine slot. However, it would perhaps be wiser from the club’s perspective to allow the attacker to spend a full season on loan at Reading before making the move, as it will give him valuable experience before he can arrive at Anfield.