Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is a target for West Ham United amongst a number of other English clubs, according to ESPN.
The report claims that fellow Premier League outfit Huddersfield Town and Aston Villa of the Championship are also interested in landing the Serbia international for the remainder of the season.
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Grujic is the latest in a long line of central midfielders linked with a move to the Hammers this month, after manager David Moyes publicly confirmed that he was looking to strengthen that area of the team.
The 21-year-old signed for the Merseysiders last summer from Red Star Belgrade, where he came up through the ranks and made his professional debut in 2013.
He was a key member of the side during the 2015-16 campaign and his early season form convinced Jurgen Klopp to part with around £5 million to bring him to Anfield in January 2016.
The Belgrade-born youngster was loaned back to his boyhood club for the remainder of that term and finished with an impressive six goals and seven assists in his 29 SuperLiga appearances.
However, since moving to England Grujic has had little opportunity to recapture that form; he has featured in just 14 matches across his 18 months in Liverpool and is yet to find the back of the net.
There is no doubt that the 2015 Under-20 World Cup winner has the potential to make a success of his career but it seems that the Reds feel he needs to be playing first-team football in order to progress to the next level of his development.
Able to play in front of the defence, in the centre of the park or as an advanced midfielder, Grujic could be an interesting option for West Ham and would bring some much-needed creativity to Moyes’ squad.
He is something of an unknown quantity given his lack of game time over the past year or so, but with his talent and assuming that it would only be a loan move, it is certainly a gamble worth taking.