By Danny Wright
Newcastle are one of a number of clubs in the race to sign Liverpool forward Divock Origi, according to a reliable journalist.
HLN reporter Kristof Terreur claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that the Magpies, Marseille, Leverkusen, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg, Crystal Palace and Tottenham have all made contact with Liverpool over a potential late summer swoop for Origi, 22.
It is understood that the 23-times Belgium international is interested in a move to Monaco, but only if he is guaranteed to earn more first-team football than what he is currently getting at Anfield.
Other teams that have been in touch for Origi: Marseille, Leverkusen, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Spurs.
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) August 29, 2017
Origi has barely featured for Newcastle’s Premier League rivals Liverpool in the early fixtures of this season, playing just nine minutes in one appearance off the bench at Watford on the opening day.
He has since been left to watch proceedings on the sidelines or been completely omitted from Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
The former Lille striker was in good form for the Reds last term as he held down a more prominent role in Klopp’s plans, scoring 11 goals in 43 appearances across all competitions.
Football Insider Verdict
Newcastle have been strapped for cash all summer so it seems unlikely that they would be able to complete a late swoop for Origi on a permanent basis. They simple do not possess the financial muscle of other teams in the hunt for his signature and they may as well drop out of the race now before they waste too much of their time. Tottenham, Monaco and Marseille are perhaps the more likely teams that Origi would want to join. They are all going to be battling for honours this season and the Belgian striker deserves to be a part of a team that is doing that, and not fighting what could be a relegation battle at St. James’ Park.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have made a late approach for this experienced international from a Serie A club.