Liverpool fans feel Origi goes up in value as Newcastle bid £25m for Chris Wood
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Liverpool fans feel Origi goes up in value as Newcastle bid £25m for Chris Wood

Some Liverpool fans feel Divock Origi should be worth more after Newcastle United reportedly bid for Chris Wood. The Belgian was supposedly a transfer target.

Newcastle United desperately need a new centre-foward. Callum Wilson is out for the next little while, leaving them incredibly short. Fortunately, they have some money.

The Telegraph claimed last week that Liverpool striker Divock Origi was near the top of their shortlist. On top of that, they said the Reds could sell, with a mere £7m price-tag slapped on the Belgian.

Fast-forward to now, however, and it appears the Magpies have gone in a different direction. Sky Sports report that they will activate the £25m release clause to sign Chris Wood.

And that, unsurprisingly, has raised eyebrows among Liverpool fans. It’s quite a difference in price, after all.

Liverpool fans want Divock Origi price-rise

What is he worth then?

In truth, this isn’t a fair comparison. Newcastle are exploiting a release clause to sign Wood, while Origi is coming to the end of his Liverpool contract.

Origi’s deal expires in the summer, though the Reds have an option to extend it for 12 months. Selling now would get his considerable wages off the books, however, without dealing with that complicated situation in July.

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But we can still see the confusion here. Wood is a decent Premier League striker but he just turned 30 and has three goals this season. It doesn’t exactly scream ‘£25m player’, whereas Origi is far younger and more proven at a higher level.

What he doesn’t have, though, is the same level of consistency that Wood has shown over the years. The New Zealander has at least 10 Premier League goals in each of the last four seasons, while Origi simply hasn’t played enough to match those numbers.

But we still feel this is decent evidence that Origi’s price is too low. We thought that at the time and here’s proof that you’ll struggle to find a replacement for under £25m.

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