According to the Dutch paper De Telegraaf French Ligue 1 side Lille have made an official approach for Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.
Lille are believed to be in the market for a cost-effective striking option and Sigthorsson has fitted that mould. However, according to the report Ajax are still unsure on whether they would like to sell the Icelander and, so far, Lille have not yet met his asking price.
Ajax, who traditionally play with one up front, have used Polish international Arkadiusz Milik more often than not this season and also have Richairo Zivkovic in reserve, so Sigthorsson is not getting as much playing time as he has in the past.
That led his brother and agent Andri to tell Ajax Showtime, as quoted by SoccerNews.nl, earlier this month that he wanted Sigthorsson to leave Amsterdam:
"I hope he leaves quickly. A player with the qualities of Kolbeinn needs weekly 90 minute appearances in his own position.”
So what could a potential Sigthorsson move mean for Liverpool?
In the summer Liverpool agreed a £10 million deal for Belgian World Cup star Divock Origi. The teenage forward signed for the club, but then immediately went back out on loan to Lille for the rest of the season.
However it was reported by The Mirror over the weekend that Liverpool were set to secure the arrival of Origi earlier than expected, just as soon as Lille had signed a striking replacement.
With Sigthorsson now apparently the subject of an official bid from Lille the suggestion is they are hunting for that replacement which will allow the departure of the Liverpool owned Origi.