By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are reportedly in the running to sign Divock Origi from Liverpool before next Thursday’s transfer deadline – and fans have delivered mostly supportive verdicts on Twitter.
The Telegraph claim that the Merseysiders are ready to sanction the exit of Origi in what is most likely to be a loan after he slipped down the first-team pecking order.
It is said that Tottenham are waiting in the wings to sign the explosively quick striker, while there is also interest from Marseille and Anderlecht.
Spurs fans are mostly enthused at the prospect of signing Origi in the next five days, although a few claimed he was no better than their own back-up forward Vincent Janssen.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Id take him all day long as a backup
— Lawrence Mealing (@LawrenceMealing) August 25, 2017
— Ledley The Hero (@King_of_WHL) August 26, 2017
Not sure if I’m in the minority here, but I’d take this guy. https://t.co/D5Nrg4Mg9h
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) August 25, 2017
— Aaron Pitters (@aaronpitters) August 25, 2017
— Levys Cash Cow FC (@JMEmabbz) August 25, 2017
Not good enough imo
— To Dare Is To Do (@2_Dare_Is_To_Do) August 25, 2017
I’d love him. Would improve our bench so much
— Ronen Kerbel (@ronenkerbel21) August 25, 2017
In a heartbeat
— Brendan O’Connor (@_grendan) August 25, 2017
— Thomas Work (@THX2208) August 26, 2017
Origi was not even on the bench for Liverpool’s Champions League qualifier victory over Hoffenheim this week because Klopp preferred Daniel Sturridge and youngster Dominic Solanke as his substitute strikers, with Roberto Firmino the first-choice line leader of the manager.
The Telegraph report that Liverpool have a number of targets before the 31 August transfer window cut-off, including Arsenal contract rebel Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Origi has featured for just three minutes of Liverpool’s opening four fixtures of the season and his status was apparent with Klopp’s selection for Wednesday’s 4-2 win against Hoffenheim.
In total, the 23-times Belgium international has scored 21 goals in 77 appearances for the Reds across all competitions.
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