Divock Origi, a Newcastle target, has a hidden Liverpool clause in his contract that could prevent a deal.
NEWCASTLE are interested in signing Liverpool forward Divock Origi.
Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Divock Origi this month, but Liverpool may be hesitant to part with the striker due to their current lack of attacking options.
Origi’s contract will expire at the end of the season, allowing Newcastle to sign him on a free transfer in six months.
According to Sky Sports, the Belgium international is valued at £10 million, and while selling him now to avoid losing him for free may be appealing, Origi is still a key figure at Anfield.
Liverpool are currently without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane due to the Africa Cup of Nations, and once they return, Origi can expect to see an increase in his playing time, especially given the club’s Covid problems.
Despite only appearing for 393 minutes, or just over four full matches, the 26-year-old has five goals in ten games this season.
Origi has been linked with three unnamed Italian clubs, but he prefers to stay in the Premier League.
As a result, he could be interested in joining Newcastle, whose main striker Callum Wilson has been plagued by injuries throughout his time at St James’ Park.
According to the Telegraph, the Magpies are interested in doing a quick deal because Wilson is currently on the sidelines and they are in the midst of a relegation battle.
Origi’s wages are said to have been a stumbling block for clubs interested in signing him, but that may not be a problem for Newcastle, who were taken over by Amanda Staveley and a consortium backed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund in October.
The striker, who has been on Merseyside since 2014, is expected to wait until the summer to consider his options, according to Sky Sports.
If Newcastle avoids relegation, they will be an appealing option for the Belgian, with the Tyneside club likely to be more willing to meet his wage demands if they can sign him without paying a fee.
However, due to a previously unknown clause, it is not entirely certain that Origi will become a free agent at the end of the season.
If he succeeds, a one-year extension to his current Liverpool contract will be automatically activated.
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