By Danny Wright
Liverpool striker Divock Origi is likely to leave Anfield this summer and Tottenham are waiting in the wings to make a shock swoop for him, according to a report.
Belgian news outlet HLN claims that Spurs are ready to pounce on Origi, 22, after he slipped down the pecking order in Jurgen Klopp’s squad behind Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke.
It is understood that after holding crunch talks with the Liverpool manager, the door has now been opened for the Belgium international to exit Anfield this summer as long as the club can move quick to find a replacement before the transfer window slams shut next week.
The report adds that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is an admirer of the striker, however it remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool are willing to strengthen one of their Premier League by selling up.
Origi has featured for just three minutes of Liverpool’s opening four fixtures of the season and he was completed axed from the squad that beat Hoffenheim earlier this week.
In total, the 23-times Belgium international has scored 21 goals in 77 appearances for the Reds across all competitions.
Football Insider Verdict
Tottenham really need a new back-up striker to serve as Harry Kane’s understudy and Origi could be the perfect man. Spurs shouldn’t find it too hard to move on Vincent Janssen despite an underwhelming debut season in north London and Origi would be a top replacement. He offers everything that Harry Kane doesn’t have, as he can play on the wings and possesses extreme pace. Having different options in attack is exactly what Pochettino needs and he should be able to get a deal done fairly cheaply now that Klopp has decided that he will sell the exciting Belgium international.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have confirmed that they have agreed terms with another defender.