Report: CL club identify replacement for alleged £20m Liverpool and Aston Villa target

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates following his sides victory in the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in...

Five Premier League clubs - Liverpool, Villa, West Ham, Sheffield United and Brighton - are linked with Genk's Champions League star Sander Berge.

Sander Berge of KRC Genk celebrates 1-1 during the UEFA Europa League   match between Genk v Besiktas at the Cristal Arena on November 8, 2018 in Genk Belgium

Genk are preparing for life without West Ham United and Aston Villa target Sander Berge, according to reports in Belgium, with UFA star Daniil Fomin lined up to replace the Norwegian powerhouse.

The reigning Jupiler League winners have endured a miserable season to date and, while sitting eighth in the table and flopping in the Champions League, they are now facing up to the prospect of seeing their squad picked apart.

Star striker Mbwana Samatta and rampaging right-back Joekim Maehle continue to be linked with a move away and Berge, one of Europe’s most coveted young midfielders, is not short of suitors either.

 

According to Bleacher Report in December, West Ham were leading the race for the £20 million-rated playmaker, who also has admirers at Aston Villa, Brighton and Sheffield United. Genk’s sporting director, Dimitri De Conde, also admitted that Liverpool have been in touch with regards to a player who left Jurgen Klopp smitten (FootNews).

And Voetbal Primeur reports that Hannes Wolf’s side are now planning for life without Berge. Russia U21 international Fomin is likely to be his successor, with Sportbox having first broke the news earlier in the week.

It remains to be seen where Berge ends up, however.

Stefan Johansen, Sander Berge of Norway during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Norway and Northern Ireland at Ullevaal Stadion on October 8, 2017 in Oslo, .

Aston Villa have already landed Danny Drinkwater on loan from Chelsea while links with Liverpool have quietened down with the Premier League leaders likely to do most of their business over the summer instead.

West Ham, meanwhile, may now make a renewed effort to bring Berge to the London Stadium with top target Gedson Fernandes seemingly on his way to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Sander Berge of Genk and Kristoffer Zachariassen of Sarpsborg fight for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group I match between KRC Genk and Sarpsborg 08 at Cristal Arena on December...

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