Reports: Liverpool close in on deal for Divock Origi
Liverpool are reportedly closing in on a deal for Belgium international Divock Origi, according to Tony Barrett of The Times.
Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Belgium international Divock Origi. Spurs are also interested but Liverpool lead the race.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) June 25, 2014
The forward is also interesting Spurs, but Liverpool apparently lead the chase for his signature. The 19-year-old scored the winning goal in Belgium’s 1-0 win against Russia, which secured their place in the knockout stages of this summer’s World Cup.
Liverpool are apparently favourites after agreeing that Origi can remain on loan at Lille next season.
Origi scored a single goal in 21 appearances for Lille this season in Ligue 1, although it was his debut season for the club at first team level. He previously scored ten goals in 21 caps for Belgium’s Under-19 side between 2012 and 2013, after first being capped at the age of only 17.
Liverpool face a tricky situation in the coming weeks after Luis Suarez’s infamous incident in Uruguay’s clash with Italy. Reported interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona may fizzle out as a result of the problem, and FIFA could impose a global ban on Suarez playing football. Origi would go some way to improving Liverpool’s options should an issue arise.
Divock Origi has scored one goal in only 67 minutes of action at the World Cup.