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Galatasaray to open transfer negotiations with Liverpool

Divock Origi

Reports originating from Turkey claim that Galatasaray will open transfer negotiations with Liverpool over the next few days as they launch an attempt to sign Divock Origi.

The Turkish giants have added the 23-year-old striker to their shortlist as they look for a replacement for Bafétimbi Gomis who recently left for Saudi Arabian champions Al-Hilal on deadline day in the summer. Gomis scored 32 goals and provided 6 assists last season and he still hasn’t been replaced.

Origi is out of favour at Anfield under Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp and with quality like Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him in the pecking order, it’s hard to see how Origi can break through, especially as he has failed to make a positive impact in the 3 years he’s been on Merseyside since coming in from Lille.

Klopp has since recruited another striker in Dominic Solanke from Chelsea. Although he also hasn’t made a significant impact at Anfield, most supporters would probably expect to see him preferred ahead of Origi, although cash offers for either player would be considered.

However, Galatasaray appear to be only interested in a loan deal at the moment. Liverpool tried to flog Origi in the summer but nobody, unsurprisingly, stepped up with the £27million asking price. He is yet to figure for the Reds this season and the suggestions are that he is looking for a permanent move away from Anfield and not another loan having had a spell with Wolfsburg last year. All parties would certainly have to consider their options.

Currently first in the Turkish Super Lig and 3rd in the Champions League Group D on 3 points, Galatasaray are without a single fit striker at the moment. Their lone option, Eren Derdiyok, is currently out injured and that’s forced boss Fatih Terim to play winger Sinan Gumus as a makeshift forward.

Reports claim that Galatasaray will make a formal approach to Liverpool this week to see if some kind of deal could be brokered for Origi who has been capped 25 times by Belgium. From those caps he’s netted 3 times.

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