With Divock Origi impressing at Wolfsburg this season, there have been rumblings over the past month that the Bundesliga side would seek to make his deal permanent at the end of the season, but if reports are to be believed they’re stepping up the timetable in an effort to get Origi signed up permanently in January.
Following reports in Germany earlier this week that confirmed the club’s interest in striking a permanent deal, ESPNFC have today claimed that Wolfsburg officials have now made contact with their Anfield counterparts and are currently attempting to do just that—though they expect any deal will be difficult.
Speaking with Kicker earlier in the week, sporting director Olaf Rebbe acknowledged that Liverpool are “merchants” and not “Samaritans” but said his club will “exhaust our possibilities” when looking to get a deal done as they believe a permanent move would be good for both Wolfsburg and Origi.
So far, Origi has four goals in 15 appearances for Wolfsburg, who sit 12th in the table, but after sharing time spearheading the attack with Mario Gomez in the first half of the campaign the expectation is that he will be their uncontested first choice option in the second half following Gomez’ return to Stuttgart.
Though there is no information to be had from the Liverpool end, with Dominic Solanke showing great promise as Roberto Firmino’s backup, it seems likely Origi would be available to Wolfsburg permanently and the bigger question might be Liverpool’s if asking price will be one they can afford to meet.