Liverpool could be set to receive a significant boost to their transfer kitty over the coming days after entering talks with West Ham United over the sale of Divock Origi.
According to Football Insider, the Hammers have opened preliminary talks to sign the 26-year-old striker after the Reds slashed their asking price.
The report claims that Liverpool are now demanding just £15 million for Origi, a sizeable drop from the £20m they were thought to be asking for in January.
Origi will always remain a part of Liverpool folklore after bagging an incredible brace against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final back in 2019.
He then wrapped up the club’s sixth European title with another goal in the final against Tottenham Hotspur, ensuring he’ll remain a fans favourite for many years to come.
However, Origi has struggled to replicate those heroics ever since. Over the last couple of campaigns, the former Lille ace has started just nine Premier League games, bagging only four goals during his limited time on the pitch.
And, in truth, his performances haven’t warranted extra game time, with the Belgium international recording a miserly WhoScored rating of just 6.19 last season.
It became increasingly evident that Origi’s time on Merseyside was drawing to a close in 2020/21 as Jurgen Klopp rarely placed his trust in the pacey forward despite the poor form of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Although he’ll always be adored at Anfield for his Champions League exploits, a large section of Liverpool fans will be buzzing to learn of Origi’s potentially imminent exit.
He’s failed to showcase the required ability on a consistent basis to play for a club aiming to win football’s major prizes, and the money generated from his sale could fund a move for a more talents acquisition.
With the financial impact of the ongoing pandemic limiting Liverpool’s budget, the Reds are having to sell their unwanted fringe players before they can finance any more arrivals, plus they need to free up a place in the squad before making any signings, as they are currently at the limit of non-homegrown players allowed.
Getting a player like Origi off the books is the best way for The Reds to get a new face through the door, so this news will be music to the ears of Liverpool fans.