Liverpool have been linked with a surprise January transfer window move for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser.
The 25-year-old is out of contract next summer and could therefore be available at a cut-price free to bolster the Reds’ forward options.
TalkSPORT’s south coast correspondent Alex Crook broke the news on the radio station’s Drivetime show, revealing:
“My understanding is Jurgen Klopp is lining up a surprise move for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.
“He is out of contract next summer and that means effectively Bournemouth will have to sell him in January.
“If you had sold him last summer you might have been talking about the £20-25million mark, but now with his contract running out you might talking around the £10-15m mark.”
Such a low fee in today’s market for a player with more Premier League assists than any other player since the start of the 2018-19 season could represent a great deal for the current league leaders.
It seems unlikely Fraser would get in Liverpool’s first XI ahead of last season’s golden-boot sharers Sadio Mané or Mohamed Salah, but with Xherdan Shaqiri injured and seemingly out of favour, and Divock Origi arguably more comfortable as a central striker, there are definitely minutes to be had for another wide option.
More explosive and direct in terms of dribbling with the ball than Shaqiri, Fraser could provide Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with the option to utilise the 4-2-3-1 system his side deployed for a spell last campaign, with Mané or Salah starting from a more central area alongside Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool fans in particular will remember the impact Fraser can have off the bench, too, after he scored one and created two more in a memorable 4-3 victory for Bournemouth against the Reds in December 2016, despite only entering the pitch as a 55th minute substitute.
The Scotland winger, however, hasn’t hit the heights of last season thus far, having spent the early weeks of the campaign on the bench.
He recently told the Bournemouth Echo that his period on the bench was “not nice and obviously frustrating,” but he has since regained his place in the side, assisting Harry Wilson, who is on loan from Liverpool, for a nicely-worked goal against Newcastle at the weekend.
TalkSPORT’s Crook not mention whether Wilson, who has proved a hit on the south coast with four league goals already this campaign, could be used as part of any potential deal.
This latest transfer development could come as a blow to Arsenal in particular, who had been more strongly linked to the player since the summer.
It will certainly be interesting to see how this one develops over the coming months.