According to The Mirror, Newcastle are keen to sign Liverpool’s Divock Origi, while Aston Villa, Brighton and Fulham are also interested in the Belgian.

The report also states that Fenerbahce have made the first move, according to Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur.

The ex-Lille forward is valued at £30 million by the Premier League champions, and is under contract at Anfield until 2024.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp even described the popular forward as a ‘Liverpool legend’ in a press conference last term.

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Given his status as a cult hero at Liverpool, coupled with his attitude and impressive ability to impact games from the bench, this could be a hard deal for Steve Bruce to wrap up.


However, should the Toon Army boss get it over the line, surely Joelinton will be left twiddling his thumbs this season.

The Brazilian – who cost us £40 million – has already been paired up against £20 million arrival Callum Wilson for a starting role in the Magpies’ one-striker system.

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We described that signing as one which could actually help Joelinton by taking the goalscoring burden off of him, instead allowing him to focus on his ‘false nine’ duties and we stand by that.

However, should Bruce add two top-class forwards to his squad, it’s impossible not to think about how the ex-Hoffenheim striker will be negatively impacted.

Our most-used formation last term was a 5-4-1, so if we end up with Wilson and Origi both vying for that spot, one can only imagine where Joelinton comes into Bruce’s plans.

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