Liverpool ‘concern’ may force West Ham into £12m Spurs fight

Matt Stead
Antonio Conte applauds the supporters

A number of Premier League clubs are interested in signing Hull forward Keane Lewis-Potter, with Tottenham joining the race.

Lewis-Potter has impressed for Hull since emerging from their academy, making his debut for the club in November 2019 and helping them immediately bounce back from relegation to League One.

The 20-year-old scored 13 goals in the third tier to inspire Hull to the title and into the Championship, where he has netted five times in 26 games.

After also impressing against top-flight opposition when the Tigers hosted Everton in the FA Cup, Lewis-Potter has attracted Premier League attention.

Tottenham who are yet to make a signing in the January transfer window, are reported to have joined Brentford, Leicester, Southampton and West Ham in monitoring his development.

The Times add that Tottenham ‘have always been keen to sign the most promising English youngsters,’ with Lewis-Potter fitting the bill.

It has been claimed that some players at the north London club ‘fear’ Antonio Conte will leave if he is not backed in the January transfer window – and summer signing Emerson Royal remains their most recent arrival.

Brentford have already had an £8million bid for Lewis-Potter rejected by Hull, with The Athletic recently suggesting that ‘the going rate is now something closer to £12 million, and despite a slightly quieter spell in the autumn months, that asking price is likely to go up.’

West Ham could get involved in any bidding war because they are ‘concerned’ about Liverpool’s interest in Jarrod Bowen, according to that previous report from The Times.

The Hammers signed Bowen from Hull in January 2020 and Lewis-Potter has since taken up that mantle, so if Liverpool formalise their admiration for Bowen then the forward’s successor at Hull could follow his footsteps once again.

Hull will, however, battle to keep a hold of Lewis-Potter and their recent takeover might boost their hopes.

Turkish businessman Acun Ilicali completed his reported £30m purchase of the club this month, before watching the Tigers beat Championship promotion hopefuls Blackburn 2-0.

“There is a logic point in football that sometimes you have to sell a player, but this logic moment at the moment is not soon for us,” he told the Daily Mail when asked about Lewis-Potter in particular.

“He is so young, he is not in a rush so we are not in a rush, why sell him in the short term?”