Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has reportedly contacted Liverpool about the situation of fringe man Divock Origi, but could he be the player to dig them out of trouble this season?
According to the Chronicle, Benitez has contacted his former club Liverpool to enquire about Origi and also Dominic Solanke.
The report details that Origi is expected to be available for a permanent exit from Anfield in the January transfer window, as he’s yet to make a first-team appearance this season.
Newcastle have the 23-year-old in their sights and he would be an extremely interesting addition to St James’ Park in the winter if the club actively pursued him.
The Belgian striker has been unable to break into contention this campaign at Anfield, but he’s someone who has achieved plenty at his young age.
Origi has an impressive return of 21 goals in 77 Liverpool games, while he’s also shown promise during spells with Lille and Wolfsburg.
Newcastle’s long-term problem in the centre-forward area is no secret and the Liverpool fringe man could turn out to be a saviour if he joined in January.
The Magpies look like being in a relegation scrap this term, but an Origi at the peak of his powers would be a major boost for them and he would benefit from being the first-choice option at the club.
He’s clearly got the pace, power and technical ability to be a decent Premier League striker, but perhaps has not been given that perfect platform yet.