Galatasary have loan bid for Liverpool's Divock Origi turned down - source

Galatasaray have had an offer to sign Liverpool striker Divock Origi on loan turned down because the Premier League club want him to stay nearer England, a source has told ESPN FC.

Belgium international Origi, who scored a late winner in the Merseyside derby against Everton earlier this month, is likely to leave on loan after struggling for first-team opportunities.

Galatasaray were linked with the 23-year-old last summer and had hoped to bring him in next month. The source said they approached Liverpool through intermediaries but saw their bid turned down.

The Turkish Super Lig champions, being closely monitored by UEFA over financial fair play, could make another bid at the end of the window if Origi has not found a new club by then.

They have made a new striker a priority after failing to replace Bafetimbi Gomis, who scored 32 goals last season, over the summer.

Origi spent last season on loan at Bundesliga club Wolfsburg, scoring six goals in 31 appearances.