West Ham, Wolves and Crystal Palace are involved in a three-way chase for the signature of Liverpool outcast Divock Origi this summer.
As we head into the final 15 days before the transfer window slams shut, West Ham, Wolves and Crystal Palace have made the pledge to secure the services of Divock Origi and are ready to go head to head in the pursuit of the Liverpool forward, reports The Telegraph.
The Belgian clearly has no future at Anfield with Jurgen Klopp ready to thin out his squad despite lingering doubts over the club’s lack of activity in the transfer market. The player is reportedly valued at £20 million, though, meaning his departure should serve as a major financial boost for the club, perhaps even aiding them in their pursuit of top targets this summer.
West Ham had already begun talks with Liverpool over Origi’s potential switch to London. The former Wolfsburg loanee was identified as the desired alternative for Michail Antonio, who remains the club’s only viable option in the number nine position. But it appears the Hammers are set to face stiff competition from league rivals Crystal Palace and Wolves in the pursuit of Origi.
Much like their London rivals, Crystal Palace are in the market for a new striker. They have been credited with an interest in Arsenal prodigy Eddie Nketiah, but have now set their sights on Origi, who is much more experienced with over 150 competitive appearances for Liverpool.
It appears the Belgian international is set to serve as an alternative for the likes of Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew and Jean-Philippe Mateta this season, with new manager Patrick Vieira, determined to add more attacking options at his disposal.
For Wolves, Origi could gain an even more prominent role in the first-team as the club lacks a viable alternative for star striker Raul Jimenez. Youngster Fabio Silva was brought in for big money but he is yet to prove himself, potentially paving the way for the Liverpool forward to play a big role at Molineux this season.
Speaking of Liverpool, the sale of the 26-year-old should help them fund a move for Belgian youngster Jeremy Doku whose future at Rennes is a subject of speculation after his eye-catching performances at the UEFA Euro 2020.
However, it remains to be seen whether any of the interested clubs agree to meet with the Reds’ hefty valuation of Origi, whose struggles at Anfield may force them to lower the asking fee for the attacker.