Wolves plot Liverpool transfer raid to secure urgent Raul Jimenez replacement

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Wolves are reportedly interested in signing Liverpool outcast Divock Origi, with Jurgen Klopp ready to sanction a move for the Belgian. Origi has earned folklore status at Anfield after goals in the Champions League final and in Merseyside Derby wins.

But the 25-year-old has struggled to make an impact on a regular basis, starting only seven games last season and sliding down further down the pecking order this time around.

The arrival of Diogo Jota, who made the move from Molineux in the summer, means that Origi’s opportunities have been even further limited.

Origi has played just seven Premier League minutes this term and could be on the move when the window reopens at the start of 2021.

Wolves tried to sign the forward back in 2018, only for him to tell Klopp that he wanted to stay and fight for his place with the Reds.

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But with the European Championships delayed until next summer, the Belgium international knows he will need regular football to earn a spot in Roberto Martinez’s squad.

Nuno Espirito Santo is in the market for a striker, with Raul Jimenez facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

The Mexican international suffered a fractured skull after a sickening collision of heads with David Luiz in the win over Arsenal at the Emirates.

Jimenez has seen been since at Wolves’ Compton training facilitites, but is expected to be out for a sustained period of time.

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The Athletic report that Wolves have a number of targets they are monitoring, with the decision on whether they will chase a loan deal or a permanent one.

Nuno refused to go into detail on the club’s transfer plans, but has hinted that the window is there to improve his squad.

“January is next month, we are in December, now is the moment to focus on what we have to do – this game and the next one,” the Wolves boss said last week.

“It is not the moment to think about the transfer window. The solutions are here with us.

“We cannot ever rule out any situation. The transfer window is there for clubs to use and re-balance their squads.

“But it’s not now, it’s December. Now is the moment to focus and when the moment comes we will see.”

Origi was handed a rare start in the Champions League ties with Atalanta and FC Midttjylland, with Klopp seen launching a rant at the striker in the first of those games.

In a further blow to Origi’s Liverpool hopes, Takumi Minamino appears to have moved ahead of him with Klopp full of praise for the Japan international.

“Taki is training well,” Klopp said last month. “It’s just a strong team, and offensively – thank God – we didn’t have the same problems as the other positions. It’s hard to get in this team – that’s how it is.

“But no dip in form, just a challenge. Bobby (Firmino) plays like 12 instruments in our orchestra!

“He’s very important for our rhythm. We can play well without him as well.

“Taki is a sensational boy and a great player, so he will face that challenge. His time will come, no doubt.”

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