Noel Whelan has backed Leeds United’s reported plan to sign Divock Origi from Liverpool in the summer transfer window.
According to The Mirror, Leeds are interested in signing Origi from Liverpool this summer.
The report has claimed that the West Yorkshire club – who will play in the Premier League next season after winning automatic promotion from the Championship – have already made an enquiry about the Belgium international.
Origi himself is reportedly open to leaving Liverpool this summer for regular first-team football and wants to stay in the Premier League.
Former Leeds striker Whelan has been impressed with the Whites’ desire to sign the 25-year-old striker this summer.
Whelan told Football Insider about Origi: “We’ve already got somebody who scored 17 goals in the Championship in Patrick Bamford.
“If he does get double figures, he’s going to have to work very, very hard for it and take every chance that comes his way.
“For me, I would like to see a more established, a more experienced player, somebody who knows the Premier League and that is Divock Origi.
“He covers all kind of bases for me and probably does for Bielsa as well beacuse we’ve seen him play out wide as well which we know Bielsa likes. He likes players who can adapt.”
Good signing for Liverpool?
Patrick Bamford is the main out-and-out striker at Leeds at the moment, and head coach Marcelo Bielsa needs to bring in a new player upfront.
Origi has a lot of experience in the Premier League, and he also won the Champions League with Jurgen Klopp’s side in 2018-19.
The 25-year-old’s hunger and desire to do well after becoming a squad player at Liverpool bodes well for Leeds, who are rated at 7/2 by Betfair to get relegated back to the Championship at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
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