Divock Origi, the young Belgian striker, was in Liverpool on Wednesday at the club’s training ground to meet manager Brendan Rodgers and discuss personal terms ahead of a proposed transfer from Lille this summer.
There were suggestions Origi also underwent a medical during his time in Liverpool although, as reported by James Pearce of the local Echo, this did not take place and will not until the player decides on a move.
Liverpool, although the frontrunners, are not the only contenders to complete the signing of Origi, with the 19-year-old having also been linked with a transfer to Tottenham following his impressive performances at the World Cup.
Brendan Rodgers is reported to have sanctioned a move for Origi with a deal supposedly already in place, although Spurs have moved somewhat later to register their own interest in the Lille forward.
Liverpool, however, remains very much the most likely destination for Origi, even if the player will assess his options before making a commitment to finalise a £10 million transfer to Anfield.
The intention of Liverpool is to allow Origi to return to Lille on loan for the entirety of next season in order for the teenager to continue his education by playing regularly. It may be, however, that Spurs could move to trump their rivals with the offer of first-team Premier League football right away, even if that does seem a touch unlikely.
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Markovic and Martinez to follow?
The expected acquisition of Origi will take Liverpool’s spending for the summer so far past the £60 million mark following deals for Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can, and there are likely to be more significant deals to follow.
Lazar Markovic, the Benfica winger, is expected to conclude a £25 million transfer within the next few weeks, while Rodgers may yet decide to invest the cash from the Luis Suarez sale in a reputable goalscorer.
Jackson Martinez of Porto has been linked as has Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez. Liverpool could reportedly make a £35 million approach to sign Martinez having abandoned hope of recruiting Sanchez, with the Chilean set for Arsenal.