According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle want to sign Divock Origi in January.

The Liverpool striker has barely played this season, with just two Premier League appearances to his name so far.

Origi has played seven times in all competitions, scoring three goals, including a stunning flick against Preston in the EFL Cup.

But with opportunities limited, Newcastle’s new owners could make a move for the Belgian when the transfer window opens.

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The Magpies desperately need reinforcements, and we’re certainly light in attack if Callum Wilson gets injured.

That’s why Origi would be a good fit at St James’ Park. And the Northern Echo claim that Amanda Staveley believes he would be keen on a move to the North East.

AFCON could ruin Newcastle’s Origi hopes

While opportunities might be limited now for Origi, that may change at the start of 2022.

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The Africa Cup of Nations is set to take place between January 6th and February 6th, which will massively impact Liverpool. The Reds will likely be without Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita for one of the busiest months of the year.

 

Roberto Firmino is also having bother with injury, leaving Liverpool’s frontline largely depleted. That could and should open the door for Origi.

But will some minutes in January be enough to keep him at Anfield?

While in the short-term he’ll be in the first-team, he’ll likely lose his place once again when Salah and Mane return.

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The Northern Echo state that Jurgen Klopp will block Origi from leaving the club. But will the 26-year-old, who Klopp called ‘outstanding’ in 2019, be happy to stay?

This is still a transfer Newcastle should pursue. A chance to rebuild his career at St James’ Park might be deemed better than a handful of starts for Liverpool.

In the long-run, a move to Newcastle could be best for Origi, even if it’s not best for Klopp.

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