REPORT: West Ham ‘worried’ about Liverpool’s interest in coveted sporting director

West Ham are reportedly aware of Liverpool’s interest in their new sporting director and are now worried about the possible implications.

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Current West Ham sporting director Tim Steidten has emerged as a candidate for Liverpool FC.

It was previously reported that the former Bayer Leverkusen sporting director was one of the frontrunners for the position.

Now West Ham are said to be aware of Liverpool’s interest in new sporting director Tim Steidten, and are worried about the Reds poaching the highly-rated transfer chief.

This is according to the Daily Mail, who claim that the Hammers are ‘braced’ for an approach for Steidten after the January transfer window ends.

The exit of outgoing transfer chief Jorge Schmadtke was announced last week alongside assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, as well as elite development coach Vitor Matos.

The background of Tim Steidten

The former professional player has an excellent track record of spotting talent at the top level.

His first role as a director of football came at Werder Bremen, where he started as a youth scout and worked his way through the ranks.

He helped to bring in the likes of Serge Gnabry and loaned Kevin De Bruyne during his time as Werder Bremen head of scouting.

The German landed his first major role as director of football at Bremen.

In 2019, he would go on to become the director of football at Bayer Leverkusen – where he helped secure the appointment of Xabi Alonso, which was ultimately a brilliant move.

Here, he would showcase his exceptional talent ID by bringing in the likes of Moussa Diaby, Jeremie Frimpong, and Piero Hincapie amongst others.

Steidten at West Ham

Even though Steidten has only been at the London Stadium since July of last year, he has already demonstrated his ability in the position.

Although their relationship didn’t start off well, and manager David Moyes and Steidten have now reconciled.

In an effort to further establish his power at the London Stadium, the German was also eager to include his younger brother Moritz and another acquaintance, Maximilian Hahn, in his scouting operation at West Ham- but was denied that request.

The German was involved in the recruitment of players like Edson Alvarez and Mohamed Kudus, who have both turned out to be excellent additions to an underrated Hammers squad.

Jarrod Bowen a new long-term contract with the Hammers until 2030, also highlighting that Steidten knows how to keep the best players at the club.

With the Reds seeing Michael Edwards rebuff their advances, the Anfield hierarchy will want to nail down the position soon.

Nonetheless, it is believed that no official offers have been made for Steidten yet, but things could accelerate when the winter transfer window elapses.

 

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