Wolves are reportedly on the verge of completing a £10m swoop for Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever.
The report claims that a fee of £10m has already been agreed between the two sides and Hoever will now join the fellow Premier League club to bolster their squad. Wolves see him as a player who can operate as both a central defender and as a wing-back in Nuno Espirito Santo’s system at The Molineux.
Wolves are looking to replace Matt Doherty after the Ireland international left the club to sign for Tottenham earlier in the window. Hoever is set to come in as a possible replacement for Doherty in Nuno’s squad.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
With Trent Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams ahead of him in the pecking order for a spot at right-back, a move away could suit all parties involved. Alexander-Arnold started 35 of Liverpool’s 38 Premier League games, with Neco Williams and Joe Gomez also featuring at right-back across the various competitions they competed in.
This means that Hoever effectively had three players who needed to drop out in order for him to get a game in the Premier League. Now, he could have a chance of playing regular first-team football for Wolves and being able to develop in a senior setting.
Hoever joining Wolves for £10m gives Liverpool some added funds to do their own business, whilst not disrupting their current first-team options in Jurgen Klopp’s squad. Liverpool have clearly deemed him to be surplus to requirements, or else they would not be cashing in, so – on paper- this appears to be a great deal for Liverpool and Hoever.
With his departure, Alexander-Arnold and Williams can continue to compete for the right-back slot in Klopp’s team throughout the rest of this season. Even if both of them were to pick up injuries, Joe Gomez – as stated above – is capable of filling in at right-back, so Liverpool have more than enough cover in the position.