Liverpool might buy Guillaume Hubert in January before loaning the young Belgian back to his parent club Standard Liege, writes Dominic Fifield in the Guardian.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper has been outstanding for the Belgian Pro League outfit this term, keeping notable clean-sheets against Sint-Truiden and Anderlecht this term.
Hubert only has 18 months left on his contract, and the Guardian reckon the Belgium Under-21 stopper could be available for as little as £600k come the winter transfer window.
Aston Villa and Swansea have been monitoring him closely too, but we’re in pole position.
It wouldn’t make sense to sign Hubert and bring him to Anfield immediately, as it would only stunt his development. Despite his progress, he’s not ready to be our starting no.1 goalkeeper ahead of countryman Simon Mignolet, and it would make sense to loan him back to Standard, where he’s now playing week in week out.
For £600k, we’re not taking much of a gamble on a very talented young stopper, so providing we secure him on a long-term contract in January and give him back to his parent club temporarily, the move seems smart.
Mignolet divides supporters and Adam Bogdan is unlikely a long-term option as no.1. Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a few German keepers along with Stoke City’s Jack Butland, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll keep faith with Mignolet or enter the market.