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Liverpool round-up: Battle for Werner; Origi could leave; loan for Ward

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Liverpool round-up: Battle for Werner; Origi could leave; loan for Ward

The race for Timo Werner’s signature is hotting up as Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport say that AC Milan are the latest club to be interested in the Red Bull Leipzig forward’s services.

However, the report indicates that they are waiting for Liverpool to make the first move for the German international as they are reluctant to spark a bidding war given the financial implications which are already blighting them surrounding Financial Fair Play.

Having lost Naby Keita to Merseyside already this summer, the German club may be reluctant to allow Werner to leave too and so the interest from San Siro is far from welcome news from a Liverpool perspective.

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Werner may prove to be a direct replacement for Belgian centre-forward Divock Origi, who has flattered to deceive in Germany on loan at Wolfsburg this season, scoring only seven times in 36 appearances.

“For me that it was a mistake for Divock to go to the Wolfsburg,” according to his agent, as translated from A Spor by This is Anfield.

“Klopp will now make a decision on him. If he wants him to stay, then Divock will stay or if he wants him to leave then Divock will leave. We are not looking to leave on loan again. We want to go a team that has made plans for him. In that regard, we’ve also spoken with Besiktas.”

A move to Turkey may prove a good opportunity for the Reds if they are in fact looking to cash in on Origi, who is still yet to live up to the expectations that surrounded his exciting potential in his first few years at Anfield.

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Another man who could be heading for the exit is third choice goalkeeper Danny Ward, according to the Press Association, via ITV. They say that Norwich City are considering Ward as one of two options in goal for the 2018/19 season, with Ward looking for a way out having barely featured for the Reds this campaign.

Sitting behind Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, much could depend on whether Jurgen Klopp does look to strengthen in between the sticks. Should either of those men depart with no new arrival, the German may be reluctant to allow the Welsh international to leave so the Canaries may be forced to wait.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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