Report: Benitez joins Spurs in race to sign Liverpool misfit Divock Origi, told he could leave before deadline

Divock Origi of Liverpool reacts during the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Aviva Stadium on August 5, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

Newcastle United have reportedly joined the race for Liverpool's Divock Origi.

Divock Origi of Liverpool reacts during the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Aviva Stadium on August 5, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United are in the race to sign Liverpool striker Divock Origi before Thursday's transfer deadline, joining Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur among other clubs.

The Magpies have landed one striker this summer in Spaniard Joselu, and he marked his first league start with a goal against West Ham United, but question marks still linger over the futures of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle.

Manager Rafael Benitez has been frustrated in the transfer market this summer but may now hope to land another striker, with a raid on former club Liverpool potentially on the cards.

Liverpool FC forward Divock Origi (L) fights for the ball with Leicester City FC defender Harry Maguire during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City...

The Telegraph report that Newcastle are interested in securing the services of Liverpool striker Divock Origi, who has allegedly been told that he could leave before the transfer deadline as he pursues first-team football.

If Liverpool bring in a new signing - preferably Monaco's Thomas Lemar - then Origi could leave, possibly in a part-exchange deal for Lemar himself, but a whole host of other clubs are also thought to be keen.

Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Marseille, Inter Milan, Juventus, Sampdoria, Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg are also understood to be interested in signing Origi, either on loan or permanently.

Divock Origi of Liverpool beats Luke Burke of Wigan Athletic during the pre-season friendly match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool at DW Stadium on July 14, 2017 in Wigan, England.

Origi, 22, joined Liverpool from Lille in the summer of 2014, and having been loaned back to the French side for a season, he joined up with the Reds in 2015 - and he has hit 21 goals in 76 games in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp's men.

The Belgian international, who broke out at the 2014 World Cup to spark his move to Liverpool, has struggled to nail down a starting role at Anfield, and now finds himself behind Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and possibly even summer signing Dominic Solanke.

Newcastle could now emerge as a possible destination for Origi if he wants to play first-team football this season, but the Magpies will not only have to fend off major competition from the likes of Tottenham - who are looking for competition for Harry Kane - but also hope that Liverpool bring in new faces to free up Origi before the deadline.

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