Newcastle United have been urged to break down the transfer barriers in the way of Divock Origi and complete his signing in January.
The striker is entering the final six months of his contract with Liverpool. A report recently claimed he is therefore available for just £7m. However, Jurgen Klopp is said to be reluctant to let him go with his trio of AFCON stars absent.
Origi could feature heavily while Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are each away on international duty.
And more starts will also trigger an extension in the 26-year-old’s deal, it has been claimed.
However, the Reds board could usurp Klopp and cash in while they can. And pundit Noel Whelan believes the Magpies should capitalise on this quickly.
He told Football Insider: “That would be an absolute no brainer, for me. If he’s available for £7million then Newcastle have to be snapping Liverpool’s hand off.
“He’s a quality player, and one of these players who now needs to be playing 90 minutes every week – week-in, week-out.
“He can play anywhere across that front three, and that is versatility that Newcastle needs right now. Origi could make the difference for them.
“If they’re asking for only £7million then I’m surprised there aren’t more teams in for him. If they can pull it off, it’d be a massive coup for them.
“That will show intention in the market, bringing in a player of his calibre from a club like Liverpool.
“It would also show that Origi is hungry to play football and that it doesn’t matter to him whether Newcastle are in a relegation fight or not.”
A striker wasn’t initially a priority for Newcastle. However, Callum Wilson has now confirmed to be out for eight weeks with his calf injury.
Newcastle fans can expect more
Meanwhile, Whelan has also tipped the Magpies to make three or four more signings before the window is out.
Eddie Howe’s side kicked off their January window with the capture of Kieran Trippier, which is expected to be the first of many for the Toon.
On Howe’s agenda is strengthening his central defence and his attack. With regards a defender, they have submitted an improved second bid for a highly-rated Ligue 1 star.
Whoever they sign, though, Whelan reckons Newcastle fans can expect some more statement acquisitions…