Newcastle are considering making a play to sign Liverpool striker Divock Origi on loan in January, according to the Northern Echo.
The Magpies kicked off their Eddie Howe era – sort of – with a 3-3 draw over Brentford on Saturday.
Howe was absent from the side of the pitch after contract COVID-19 in the build-up to his first game in charge.
But for some horrific goalkeeping, Newcastle would have claimed all three points against the Bees, who had lost four on the spin prior to Saturday.
It could be in attack where Howe seeks immediate reinforcements though.
An injury to Callum Wilson could be seriously detrimental to Newcastle and Origi has emerged as a target.
The Belgian has been with Liverpool since 2014. He has never really established himself as a regular starter but has become something of a cult hero.
He scored some mightily important goals in the 2018/19 Champions League campaign, that ended with Liverpool lifting the trophy.
In total, he has scored 38 goals in 164 appearances but hasn’t started a Premier League fixture this season.
Origi is likely to be allowed to leave Anfield and Newcastle are keen to take him on loan for the second half of 2021/22.
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The Magpies are perhaps lacking a bit of bite in their frontline and Origi could help solve that problem.
He has 31 caps for his country and his experience of playing in big games for Liverpool could make him a useful asset.
The uncompromising striker earns around £80,000-a-week at Anfield and taking on some of that wage is unlikely to represent a problem.
PIF will want a couple of big-name additions in January but the loan market looks more realistic for now.
During the summer, expect the chequebook to come out properly but with the club at the bottom of the league, loans look like the way to go in the short term.
Origi might be just what Newcastle need in their attack