Report: Liverpool agree deal to bring Divock Origi to Anfield in January

Reports in France on Friday claim Liverpool have agreed a deal with Lille to bring Divock Origi to Merseyside in January.

LILLE, FRANCE - Thursday, October 23, 2014: Lille OSC's Divock Origi in action against Everton during the UEFA Europa League Group H match at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to Sporting Witness, AFP – the French Press Association – are reporting that Liverpool will pay €6 million (£4.7m) in compensation in order to cut short the season-long loan deal.

However, Liverpool have since denied the report, according to Sky Sports.

The Reds signed the Belgium forward for a reported £10 million in the summer, but agreed to allow Origi to be loaned back to the French side for the 2014/15 campaign.

Lille though are struggling in Ligue 1 and Origi hasn’t scored for them since the start of October. Last weekend he missed a penalty and was booed by his own supporters.

Clearly, being at Lille is not helping Origi’s development and he’d be better off at Liverpool.

His arrival won’t solve Liverpool’s goalscoring problems, but clearly bringing in Origi, allowing him time to settle before next season would be beneficial for all parties.

If Liverpool are able to sell Fabio Borini in January and get a good fee for the Italian in order to strengthen other areas, while bringing in Origi early, it would strengthen The Reds’ squad.