Early Move For Origi?
Liverpool could make a January move for young striker Divock Origi. The Belgium international was signed by the Reds for £10million from Lille during the summer but was then loaned back to the French side for the whole of this season.
But the latest setback to Daniel Sturridge’s fitness has given rise to speculation over a move by Liverpool to recall Origi. Sturridge picked up a hamstring strain during training this week that will keep him out of action for a further six weeks. He hasn’t played since England’s friendly international with Norway at the beginning of September.
The Liverpool Echo claimed yesterday that the Reds could make the move for Origi. The young Belgian stated in an interview last week that he would love to move to Anfield in January. However, he later took to his Twitter account to state that he was happy at Lille and was ready to spend the rest of the season with the French club.
Liverpool will have to rely on the likes of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini until Sturridge returns, but Origi would only be allowed back to Anfield from 1 January at the earliest and that would almost tie in with Sturridge’s return.
But Liverpool fans should be warned against Origi being the answer to their problems. He has scored just three goals for Lille so far this season with the side currently struggling in 14th place in Ligue 1. He has started eight times in Ligue1, been a substitute on three other occasions and his goals have come at an average of a very modest one per 260 minutes on the pitch.
In addition, Lille will demand a stiff price for an early release for the 19-year-old. ReportS suggest they will exact anything between £3million and £5million from Liverpool – should they agree to the move.
No January Move For Shaqiri
Liverpool transfer target Xherdan Shaqiri won’t be leaving Bayern Munich in January. The Switzerland international was the subject of a £16million bid from Anfield in the summer but he has since been linked with interest from Manchester United and Roma and the Serie A side appear to have taken the lead.
“Right now the situation is difficult, I doubt he can move in January,” said his agent, Ulisse Savini.
“There will be a decisive meeting in December between the player, his brother, another agent and Bayern, to decide on Shaqiri’s future. Until then nothing is moving but I can’t confirm whether there will be any meetings with Roma. We’ll see.”
Reports have suggested Manchester United will bid £18million in January.
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