Liverpool have ‘no intention’ of allowing Divock Origi to leave on loan in January, as Newcastle consider a move for the forward.
Newcastle are interested in a deal to sign the Belgium international as the club’s new ownership look to invest during the winter window, the Magpies currently bottom of the Premier League and without a win this season.
Origi has been linked with a potential move to St James’ Park as Eddie Howe seeks additional firepower, with the 26-year-old having struggled for regular first-team opportunities at Liverpool.
Origi has made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League so far this season, though the Northern Echo are reporting that the Reds are reluctant to allow the forward to leave in January.
Liverpool are set to lose both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for the Africa Cup of Nations at the end of December, the tournament running from January 9 to February 6, and Origi will be required to provide forward depth.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently without Roberto Firmino through injury and Origi could take a prominent role during a testing run without Salah and Mane.
Salah and Mane have scored 18 league goals combined this season and could miss six league fixtures and two FA Cup clashes as a result of international commitments.