Op­er­a­tion Origi: Toon tar­get Reds ace

The Chronicle - - Front Page - By LEE RY­DER

LIVER­POOL have warned clubs want­ing to take Divock Origi on a sea­son-long loan deal that the striker must play ev­ery week.

New­cas­tle United have thrown their hat in the ring for Origi, but the Bel­gian is also wanted by Mar­seille, In­ter Mi­lan, Ju­ven­tus and Crys­tal Palace.

Sam­p­do­ria, Werder Bre­men, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and Bayer Lev­erkusen are also mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

New­cas­tle are look­ing for more cover in the striker depart­ment, but are also aware that clubs have Dwight Gayle lined up as a Plan B if they don’t get other tar­gets.

So far, New­cas­tle have not re­ceived a firm bid for Gayle, but it will take of­fers north of £15mil­lion for the Mag­pies to con­sider sell­ing last sea­son’s top scorer.

Hav­ing been quoted some as­tro­nom­i­cal fig­ures for other tar­gets them­selves this sum­mer, United feel they are well within their rights to de­mand a big fee for Gayle in the last throes of the trans­fer win­dow.

The Mag­pies are hop­ing that Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain’s pro­posed move to Chelsea will pave the way for Kenedy to com­plete his loan move to United.

Mean­while Monaco have com­pleted the sign­ing of an­other New­cas­tle trans­fer tar­get Ste­van Jovetic.

The French cham­pi­ons paid In­ter Mi­lan a fee re­ported to be in the re­gion of 11mil­lion euros for the Mon­tene­gro in­ter­na­tional, who could ef­fec­tively be a re­place­ment for Kylian Mbappe with the teenager ex­pected to join Paris St Ger­main be­fore the trans­fer win­dow shuts.

The 27-year-old Jovetic has signed a four-year deal with the club to end a dis­ap­point­ing spell at San Siro.

In quotes re­ported on Monaco’s web­site, Jovetic said: “I’m very happy to be here.

“AS Monaco is a big club that played in the semi-fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League and won the French ti­tle last sea­son.

“There are some great play­ers on this team. That’s why I chose AS Monaco.”

Divock Origi

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