Everton are reportedly lining up an unlikely move for Divock Origi as they seek to bolster their attacking ranks.
The Liverpool striker is a leading contender to depart in the January transfer window having seen his opportunities on Merseyside severely limited in the opening months of the campaign.
Origi is yet to make a senior appearance for the Reds this season, with his one outing coming in a Premier League 2 clash with Swansea for the U23s.
He has now been dubbed a surprise target for Liverpool’s city rivals, with Turkish outlet Aksam claiming the Toffees are keen on signing Origi as a means of bolstering their goal threat.
The same report considers the Belgian as a possible replacement for Cenk Tosun or Oumar Niasse, with the former having been linked with Besiktas.
Origi recently surfaced as a target for Turkish outfit Galatasaray amid their efforts to find a replacement for Bafetimbi Gomis.
With the 23-year-old’s Anfield future currently looking bleak, a move away would arguably be the wise decision for the good of his career.
The forward spent last season on loan at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, where he registered seven goals and three assists as well as enduring a tough relegation battle.
Hopes of reclaiming a place in Jurgen Klopp’s plans upon his return in the summer amounted to little as he struggled to make an impact in pre-season.
He was later given the opportunity to join newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers, only to reject a move to Molineux.
Borussia Dortmund were also in talks to sign him in the search for a Michy Batshuayi replacement, but were eventually put off by his £27million price-tag.
Though Goodison Park seems an incredibly unlikely destination, it is looking increasingly likely Origi could be on the move in some capacity following the turn of the year.