Brendan Rodgers looks set to beat Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of Divock Origi, after the Lille striker's father claimed his son has a "concrete" offer from Liverpool.
The 19-year-old rose to prominence following an impressive showing for Belgium at the World Cup this summer, attracting admiring glances from a host of Premier League clubs.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was reportedly keen to bring the Ligue 1 star to White Hart Lane this transfer window, but now seems like he'll miss out on the teen talent as a transfer to Anfield edges closer.
Origi father quotes
"The deal isn't done yet," Mike Origi is quoted by Sky Sports telling Mediahuis. "[But] Liverpool is still the most concrete option.
"There's another team that shows interest. We want to take a decision soon. On Monday, Divock is expected back at for their first training session.
"We would like to have everything wrapped before that day."
According to the Daily Telegraph last week, Liverpool are set to pay Lille £10 million for Origi, and as part of the deal have agreed to loan him back to the French club this season.
The capture will take Rodgers's summer spending beyond the £70 million mark, with more players set to follow after Luis Suarez's £75 million switch to Barcelona last week.
After finishing runners up in the Premier League last season Liverpool will return to the Champions League, and so are looking to significantly strengthen their squad ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Origi is expected to fly out to Boston to meet up with the Liverpool squad on their tour of the United States, where he'll undergo a medical before formally completing his transfer, and returning to Stade Pierre-Mauroy to take part in pre-season with Lille next Monday.
He would become Liverpool's fifth signing of the summer following the respective captures of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic already this transfer window.