Liverpool director Michael Edwards could finally be set to pursue the addition of a new striker when the January transfer window rolls around. The Reds have been linked with a move for Red Bull Salzburg marksman Karim Adeyemi, who has been turning plenty of heads with his recent performances for the Austrian club.
The 19-year-old has made a stunning start to the new campaign with Salzburg, scoring seven goals from 16 appearances in all competitions.
He featured heavily throughout last season and was recently rewarded for his strong form with a debut call-up to the senior Germany squad.
Adeyemi went on to mark his international debut with a goal as the four-time world champions hit Armenia for six in a World Cup qualifier last month.
The forward is widely expected to leave Salzburg before the start of next season and is reportedly on Liverpool’s radar ahead of the January transfer window.
However, the Reds could be forced to shell out around £34million to secure Adeyemi’s signature, according to Sky Sport Germany.
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Liverpool have been using the majority of their resources to tie down their existing stars, such as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Allison Becker, to long-term contracts as of late.
And with Mohamed Salah reportedly demanding a club-record salary to sign a new deal on Merseyside, they could find themselves short of money to spend on Adeyemi in January.
However, a player-plus-cash deal involving Divock Origi could prove to be a shrewd option for Liverpool if they decide to act on their interest in the Salzburg man.
Origi has found himself kicking around on the bench for the majority of his Anfield career and looks set to leave the club at the end of the season.
He will be out of contract in the summer, but at only 26 years of age, it could be argued that his best years are still ahead of him.
The Belgian is still a decent enough player capable of enjoying a successful career away from Liverpool, having impressed on the few occasions he has been called upon this season.
Origi could serve as an attractive makeweight in a January deal to bring Adeyemi to Anfield, with the 26-year-old able to rip it up in the Austrian Bundesliga with Salzburg.
It would also be a smart move from Liverpool’s perspective as they would be using Origi to their advantage rather than allowing him to leave for nothing in the summer.
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They may be able to knock a few million off Adeyemi’s asking price by proposing a part-exchange deal, with every penny saved likely to come in handy for the Reds amid their ongoing attempts to keep Salah at the club.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool can tempt Salzburg into parting ways with their prized asset, who remains under contract until the summer of 2024.
They will not be alone in the race to secure his signature, with RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich also understood to be keen on a move.
However, a January exit could emerge as a real possibility if the Reds can negotiate a compromise for the forward that would see Origi go the other way.