By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham have been dealt a late blow in their hunt for striker Divock Origi with Liverpool unwilling to sell to a Premier League rival, 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.
They were then followed up with Origi’s father stating that a move to north London was a possibility for the youngster, while the Daily Mail claimed via their live transfer log (Tuesday, 4.19pm) that the versatile forward was interested in moving to Wembley.
However, in an update the Daily Mail reported via their website on Tuesday evening that Liverpool do not want to sell Origi to a Premier League rival, thus ruling out Tottenham.
Origi has just two years remaining on his contract at Anfield and has played just the once for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, which came in a nine-minute cameo off the bench in the season opener against Watford.
Football Insider verdict:
Origi could have been an astute signing for Tottenham and after quotes emanated from his father alongside reports stating that he was interested in the switch to north London himself it would seem that he wanted the move to Pochettino’s side. However, Liverpool are also well within their rights to not want to strengthen a league rival, especially one they are in direct competition with. Therefore, Tottenham may have to wait another year before bringing in Origi, as if he is still at Liverpool this time next summer and into the final year of his contract the Reds won’t have much choice but to sell him to the highest bidder.
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