Report: Liverpool make first bid for Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen, West Ham determined

Thomas Vermaelen Pre FA Cup Press Conference

Liverpool and West Ham are reportedly keen on Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Liverpool have submitted a bid to sign Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, but West Ham are also determined to enter the race.

Vermaelen, 30, made his name with Ajax, where his impressive performances earned him a major move to Arsenal in 2009, as his career continued to go from strength to strength.

The Belgian international impressed not only as a tough defender, but also as a goalscorer, hitting eight goals in his first season for the Gunners, but injury problems marred his time in North London.

2014 saw Vermaelen leave Arsenal for Barcelona, but in almost two years at the Camp Nou, he has made just 21 appearances as injury problems continue to haunt the centre back.

Now, Spanish newspaper Sport report that Vermaelen could leave Barcelona this summer in a bid to rebuild his career, and Liverpool have already made an opening bid of €10m (£7.8m), and are unwilling to any higher.

The Reds may need another left-sided centre back due to Mamadou Sakho's impending suspension, and whilst Joel Matip is arriving on a free transfer from Schalke, he is right-footed, and Jurgen Klopp could see left-footed Vermaelen as a potential solution.

It's also claimed that West Ham are determined to battle Liverpool for his signature, and Barcelona are hopeful that the Hammers can spark a bidding war for their defensive flop.

West Ham already have the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid, James Tomkins and the rejuvenated James Collins, so it would be a surprise to see them move for Vermaelen, despite the claims from Spanish press about Slaven Bilic's interest in the player.

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