Liverpool transfer update: Jurgen Klopp faces significant setback in search for Mohamed Salah’s successor

Liverpool’s hopes of signing Jarrod Bowen as a replacement for Mohamed Salah have hit a major hurdle, with reports that West Ham United are confident the Englishman will renew his contract at the London Stadium.

Salah, 31, remains at Anfield after heavy rumours that he would leave the club during the summer transfer window, but interest from the Saudi Pro League is set to resurface in January.

The Egypt international is reportedly happy at Liverpool, but Saudi Arabia are desperate to land the forward as they continue to poach some of Europe’s best footballers.

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Al-Ittihad are prepared to make Salah the most expensive player in history (the current record is Neymar’s €222 million transfer to PSG), and given he has just under two years left on his Liverpool contract, they may feel obliged to sell while his value remains high.

As exclusively reported by FootballTransfers in August, Liverpool have identified Bowen as a possible replacement for Salah if he does leave Anfield.

Sources have told us that Jurgen Klopp believes Bowen could represent an ideal signing to bolster the Liverpool squad in the event that Salah departs.

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Jarrod Bowen, West Ham
– Jarrod Bowen, West Ham

Bowen to sign new West Ham contract?

Bowen, 26, has scored three goals and provided one assist in five Premier League appearances so far this season, as West Ham sit sixth in the top flight table.

The Englishman, who has four Three Lions caps to his name, bagged 13 goals and eight assists in all competitions last campaign.

However, unfortunately for Liverpool, West Ham are confident that he will extend his stay at the club.

Bowen’s existing contract is due to expire in 2025, but 90min have reported that West Ham remain hopeful that he will sign a new deal.

An agreement has not been reached yet, despite the fact the Hammers have aimed for Bowen to put pen to paper on a fresh contract for over a year.

But, West Ham and David Moyes believe Bowen will sign a new contract. They are hopeful of resolving the situation soon, which could impact Liverpool’s chances of signing the former Hull City man.

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