Anderlecht striker Lukasz Teodorczyk, 26, is at the centre of a tug of love between West Ham and Liverpool as the Premier League clubs seek to wrench him away from Brussels, reports the Sunday Mirror.
With 32 goals in 64 appearances at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium following his €4.5m transfer from Dinamo Kyiv on 30th March 2017, following a year-long loan spell.
Following 5½ seasons in his native Poland with Polonia Warsaw and Lech Posnan, Teodorczyk moved to Ukraine after 39 goals in 90 Ekstraklasa appearances.
Scouts around Europe began taking notice and the move to Anderlecht only served to reinforce his burgeoning reputation.
West Ham’s stuttering start to the season is reflected in scoring just 7 goals in 7 games with pressure mounting on Hammers boss Slaven Bilic. The club had Teodorczyk watched during the recent Champions League meeting with Celtic.
But West Ham face strong competition from Liverpool who are looking to strengthen their squad. Teodorzyk has a similar style to Daniel Sturridge. Despite the 28-year-old returning to the England set-up, question marks remain over his long-term fitness for club and country.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is understood to be concerned about his squad’s reliance upon Sadio Mane for goals, especially with the 24-year-old attracting the attention of Real Madrid.
Will Teodorczyk is unlikely to score at the same rate, he offers the prospect of strengthening a strong attacking line-up at Anfield.
The lure of the Champions League may prove too strong to resist.