Newcastle are interested in signing both Divock Origi and Dom Solanke during the winter transfer window, reports the Chronicle.
Rafa Benitez is desperate for a striker, so they claim, following Newcastle’s horrible start to the campaign and will ask Liverpool about the availability of both our unused forwards.
Neither Origi or Solanke have so far played a minute of first-team football this term, with Daniel Sturridge the primary backup option to Roberto Firmino.
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Sturridge was just named Liverpool’s Player of the Month for September, and Firmino is one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp’s team-sheet, so unless injuries strike, which isn’t especially uncommon at the club in fairness, Origi and Solanke will have to bide their time.
Both obviously need minutes as their careers are currently stagnating. Origi went to and scored at the 2014 World Cup, so for him to not even be making his team’s bench at 23 is not a good sign of progress… Solanke has a cap for England, so perhaps would benefit from a loan move.
If all four of our forwards are fit in January, perhaps loaning Benitez one of them would be smart. We’d prefer to give him Solanke, who we have higher hopes for long-term, and keep Origi around as an option in case of an injury crisis.