By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool striker Divock Origi is interested in joining Tottenham this summer with speculation mounting over his future, according to reports.
Belgian news outlet HLN claimed earlier in the month that Spurs were readying a swoop for the 22-year-old with manager Mauricio Pochettino an admirer of the Belgium international.
The claims were then followed up by Origi’s father, Mike Origi revealing that a move to the north London was a possibility alongside stating that his son needed to leave Anfield.
Now, the Daily Mail have claimed via their live transfer log (Tuesday, 4.19pm) that the striker himself is interested in joining Tottenham despite being offered to Monaco as part of a bid for Thomas Lemar.
However, Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle have also expressed an interest in Origi this summer and Spurs may be in for a battle if they do push forward in a move for the forward.
Origi cost Liverpool £10million three years a go after an impressive summer World Cup and he has since returned 21 goals and seven assists in 77 matches in total.
Football Insider verdict:
Despite looking surplus to requirements at Liverpool there is still a highly talented player in Origi and if given a consistent run of first team football he could definitely look a standout in Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The north Londoners are in need of some more firepower upfront with star Harry Kane leading the line with very little competition from Vincent Janssen and Son Heung-min in the central position. However, in Origi Spurs could bring in someone who has the ability to both play out and wide and give the squad the required pace and power needed in the central striker position when Kane is not available. Therefore, if Origi does want a move to Tottenham then it is surely a no-brainer for the club.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs still have a chance of signing the next Gareth Bale this summer.