Ex-Premier League striker Kevin Phillips has said that he can see Leeds United signing Divock Origi this summer.
The Belgian international has been linked with a move away from Liverpool. Having joined the club in 2014, it looks like he could finally leave this year.
The Athletic have reported that the Reds are hoping for a bid of £20m for Origi, but could accept an offer of around £15m.
Meanwhile, Leeds are on the lookout for a striker to ease the burden on Patrick Bamford.
This has led ex-Sunderland man Phillips to claim that Origi and Leeds could be a good fit.
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips said: “We saw with Bamford last season, at the end he looked tired. He wasn’t the same player he was earlier in the season.
“That comes from playing too much football. They might look for a player who could play wide and through the middle.
“Maybe someone like Divock Origi. Maybe Leeds could nick in and get him from Liverpool. At that price? Certainly.
“With the time left in the window, I think we will see Leeds move for him, or a player like that.”
Leeds and Origi could be a good fit – IF he got regular minutes – RTK View
Leeds is probably the level of club that Origi should be aiming for if he does leave this summer.
They are a solid Premier League club with a good history, passionate fans and a top manager.
The only problem is that Origi has little chance of dislodging Patrick Bamford in the starting line-up.
With 17 goals and seven assists, the Englishman was one of the best strikers in the league last season.
Would Origi really want to leave a club like Liverpool to play second-fiddle elsewhere?
We see Phillips’ argument that the Belgian can also play out wide.
That is one possible solution. Perhaps Marcelo Bielsa could make Origi is starting left-winger and move him centrally when Bamford needs a break.
Yet we are not sure that either side would go for that.
Unless Liverpool use the 26-year-old as a makeweight in a deal for Raphinha, we cannot see Divock Origi ending up at Elland Road next season.