Liverpool are close to completing the signing of Lille forward Divock Origi, the 19-year-old who has impressed for Belgium at the World Cup.
Origi has featured in all three of Belgium’s group games as a sub, scoring the winning goal against Russia in their second game.
News of Liverpool’s interest in Origi broke earlier in the week and The Mirror now claim Liverpool are in talks with the player’s representatives to finalise personal terms.
They explain that “The Anfield transfer committee has sanctioned a structured £9.8million deal for the striker, with a loan-back agreement ensuring he remains at Lille next season where he can still play Champions League football.”
The reported fee is £9.8 million.
Earlier this week we brought you a scout report on Origi, explaining that, while naturally a central striker, importantly for Liverpool, he can operate anywhere across the front line with his flexibility making him a good fit for Brendan Rodgers’ fluid side.
Quick, powerful, 6ft 1inch tall, a direct runner who takes players on, a composed finisher, Origi looks like representing quite a coup for Liverpool.
Earlier this week, The Mirror likened Origi to a young Samuel Eto’o, saying that “It is always a risk to pay around £10 million for a 19-year-old player, but with Origi it feels more like an investment than a payment.”