According to a recent report from The Daily Telegraph, striker Divock Origi could well be on the move this summer. The 23-year-old is currently on the books at fellow Premier League side Liverpool and has been since 2014, although the Belgium international has only commanded 51 league appearances for the Reds in that time, to the point that he spent last season on loan at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
And reports suggest that Jurgen Klopp is seeking to offload the £9 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer, in news which should be of interest to Southampton boss Mark Hughes as he seeks to complete an outstanding summer of business by adding a striker.
Ultimately, it was pretty clear that the Saints needed to seriously reinforce the squad this summer after narrowly avoiding relegation from the top-flight last term, and that is exactly what they have done in making some shrewd additions to areas of the squad in need of improvements.
Angus Gunn has joined from Manchester City to provide genuine competition to Alex McCarthy for the number one jersey, while Jannik Vestergaard and Mohamed Elyounoussi will add a great deal of quality and depth to the defensive and attacking ranks respectively.
Add in Stuart Armstrong, an extremely accomplished central midfielder, and Hughes has done a great job so far this summer in making the signings Southampton clearly needed – now it’s time to land a striker.
And with Origi seemingly on his way out of Liverpool, they could do a lot worse than make a move for the Belgian ace.
Ultimately, the 23-year-old has actually performed reasonably well for the Reds when called upon in netting five times in 16 Premier League appearances in the 2015/16 campaign, before bettering that the season after in bagging seven goals and laying on four assists to help Klopp’s men seal a top four finish.
And with a whole host of goals in domestic and indeed European competition, it’s clear that Origi has genuine quality upfront that can only benefit Southampton, a side that managed just 37 goals in their 38 league games last season.
Thus, with the Belgium international reportedly available during the close season, alongside the Saints’ need for a striker in the transfer window, Hughes would complete an outstanding summer of business by landing the 23-year-old.
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