The Chronicle has reported that Newcastle are interested in Liverpool striker Divock Origi, but Spurs should be targetting him as back up to Harry Kane to offer them a perfect plan B.
Valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, Origi spent last season on loan with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg and Rafa Benitez is hoping his former club will offer the Magpies a similar deal this summer.
Newcastle are in the market for one or two strikers to replace the potential outgoing of Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, and have targetted Origi and West Brom man Salomon Rondon in recent weeks.
However, if Origi is to leave Liverpool this summer then Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham should test the Anfield side’s resolve with a bid for a permanent deal after recent signings to act as back up for Harry Kane have all flopped.
Last season, Origi scored seven goals and provided three assists during his loan spell at Wolfsburg which started with promise but tailed off after a change in management at the Bundesliga club. The 23-year-old also has an impressive scoring record with Liverpool having netted 21 goals in 77 appearances, with over half of these coming as a substitute, since his permanent move from from Lille in 2015.
In recent years Tottenham have made a number of attempts to provide back up to Harry Kane. Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente are both strikers of a similar mould, as is Roberto Soldado who’s Spurs career failed to get off the ground just as Kane was emerging after his loan spells.
Perhaps it is time for Pochettino to take a different approach to a plan B at White Hart Lane, by signing the powerful and pacy Belgian striker from Premier League rivals Liverpool. After Kane’s exertions at the World Cup this summer he will be in a race to get fit for the start of the season and Spurs will need back up. They also need a different option to avoid becoming too predictable and Origi’s ability to run in-behind and stretch defences would certainly provide that.