AA Gent of Belgium winger, Moses Simon is bound to get a rather unexpected source of compensation for missing out on Nigeria’s squad to this year’s World Cup, as he has now gained a summer transfer link from Liverpool of England.
Details of the report indicate that Liverpool are keen to sign Simon in the coming days, as The Reds’ gaffer, Jurgen Klopp looks to add depth to his attacking options this summer.
The former SK Trencin of Slovakia dazzler, who has gained attention from Brighton and Crystal Palace in the past, has a year left on his current contract at his Belgian club.
According to Liverpool Echo, the 22-year-old is expected to cost in the region of £10m and would be seen as back-up to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Simon has a year left remaining on his contract, but has been heavily scouted by Liverpool as they seek another pacy backup for their regular wide men, Salah and Mane.
Klopp wants to increase the strength in depth of his squad this summer, and looks to have pinpointed Simon, after watching him in action for Gent against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League.
Simon is capable of playing on either flank, but spent much of this season on the left wing, where he contributed six goals and three assists in helping Gent finish in fourth in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League.
However, Simon suffered personal heartbreak last week when it was confirmed he would miss the forthcoming World Cup finals in Russia.
The player, who starred at two editions of the FIFA U20 World Cup – Turkey 2013 and New Zealand 2015 – has been suffering from a hip injury.
While he is expected to be available in three weeks, Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr chose not to include him in his 23-man squad to Russia 2018, but that has not deterred Liverpool from making a move for the lad.