Liverpool have reportedly made their interest concrete in Nigerian winger Moses Simon with a formal offer sent to Belgian side Gent.
A bid was tabled to Gent recently, according to owngoalnigeria, the offer is €13m and also includes the loan of Liverpool youngster Taiwo Awoniyi. While the source is not very popular, this doesn’t mean it’s not credible as other publications have previously mentioned Simon’s name.
The 22-year-old caught the eye of Liverpool and other English clubs due to his performances for Gent last season – directly involved in nine goals across the 33 games he featured in. Simon caught the eye in the leadup to this year’s World Cup but unfortunately missed the tournament due to a back injury.
The contest for a place in the starting 11 was between him and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi – Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr praised Simon for his pace and defensive work-rate, two essential qualities that could have gave the Super Eagles the edge to get out of a tough group.
You’d be forgiven for not knowing much about Moses Simon – with no World Cup showcase and the fact he plays his football in Belgium. The only fact that you’ve picked up is that his middle name is Daddy. Yes, you read that right. However, I’m here to help, as I’ve previously mentioned his pace is impressive and this combined with his dribbling makes him the archetypal winger.
Solomon Fowowe, a football writer at The Guardian Nigeria, compared Simon to Liverpool’s own Sadio Mane: “(He reminds) a little bit of Sadio Mane, if you like because he’s direct when he embarks on the way to go and he knows when to go on those dribbles when he gets close to goal. He has a whole lot of speed about him and it really works well.”
Should this be true, it would be an excellent acquisition for Liverpool, the need for depth on the wings is obvious to all of us and Simon would fill that void. Klopp’s record with developing young players is well documented, so the addition of the Nigerian to the squad would be excellent, however, it may be at the detriment of a young English player like Ryan Kent.
With Moses Simon’s contract with Gent set to expire next June, Liverpool will likely start putting the pressure on in the coming weeks starting with the bid tabled. Gent will be well aware of the embarrassment of riches that the Premier League clubs have at their disposal and the attempts to drive the price up would have already begun. With player power more prevalent than ever and Simon likely keen to move to one of the leading leagues in Europe as soon as possible, should the rumours of a bid be true you’d imagine Liverpool could get this deal wrapped up should they desire to.