Burnley consider Origi in late striker race but faces Serie A competition

Burnley could pursue Liverpool’s Divock Origi as they scramble to find a replacement for Chris Wood, according to reports.

Origi is out of contract at the end of the season and Liverpool are ready to let him go before the end of the January transfer window.

Burnley, meanwhile, are desperate to sign a new striker after Wood’s move to Newcastle earlier this month left the Clarets with a gaping hole in their squad.

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A £12m deal for Wout Weghorst is nearing completion but Burnley are putting contingency plans in place in case the transfer falls apart, according to The Sun.

They will, however, face stiff competition for Origi if they end up targeting him. Serie A sides Atalanta and Fiorentina have the Belgian in their sights, while Newcastle have also shown interest.

In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp welcomed the signing of Luis Diaz.

Diaz’s move was confirmed on Sunday after it was revealed that Liverpool had hijacked Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of the Colombian. Liverpool could pay up to £49million for his services.

Klopp said: “I couldn’t be happier that we were able to complete this deal and bring Luis to Liverpool.

“I’ve always believed that you only have to sign players in January if you want to sign them this summer, and that’s definitely the case with Luis.

“He’s an exceptional player and someone we’ve followed for a very long time.

“We think he has what it takes to fit in our way and adapt to the Premier League, both physically and mentally. He is a player who is hungry for success and knows that “You have to fight to get what you want. He’s a fighter, no doubt. He’s a skilled team player who always has the goal in mind.

“This team deserved to add quality and when we played against Luis earlier this season we saw how dangerous he was, how fast he was and how his mentality was to help his team. .

“We know that Porto are an exceptional club that educate players in the best possible way and provide a brilliant football education. They are a class club and, I have to say, they have been tough negotiators.

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