Liverpool hoping to complete £33.8m triple signing this week

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Liverpool are hoping to bolster their squad enormously over the coming days, with reports suggesting that the club are hoping wrap up three further deals by the end of this week.

This is according to The Times, who claim that Liverpool made huge strides forward with regards to their pursuits of Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy, Belgium international Divock Origi and Southampton defender Dejan Lovren during the course of the weekend.

As well as suggesting that Remy is due to fly to Boston - where the Reds will open their pre-season tour of the United States with a clash against Serie A runners-up Roma on Wednesday night - today for a medical after an £8 million fee was agreed for his services, the source also reports that similar arrangements have been made for Origi, for whom Liverpool will pay a fee of approximately £9.8 million before allowing him to return to Ligue 1 outfit Lille to continue his development during a season-long loan spell.

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Lovren deal agreed?

Perhaps the most significant progress appears to be in regard to Lovren, the wantaway Southampton centre-back who has made no secret of his desire to depart St. Mary's for Anfield in recent weeks.

Some reports surfacing early on Monday morning even suggest that the deal to bring the Croatian international - who started all three of his nation's matches at the recent World Cup - to Merseyside is now agreed, with Liverpool set to pay an initial £16 million sum.

The addition of a new defender was obviously deemed a critical priority for manager Brendan Rodgers this summer.

While his side attracted a wealth of plaudits for their refreshing and dynamic attacking approach during a surprisingly impressive 2013/14 campaign, they were far less assured at the back - something that proved very costly indeed during the final stages of the title run-in.

25-year-old Lovren has only spent one season in the Premier League, having moved to the South Coast from Lyon prior to the start of last season.

However, while he might lack long-term experience in the top-flight, he proved under Mauricio Pochettino that he was fully capable of thriving against quality opposition and certainly represents an upgrade over the likes of Kolo Toure.

The seemingly imminent loss of Lovren is the latest blow of a difficult summer for Southampton, who have already seen Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert - the latter two joining Liverpool - leave the club in recent weeks.


While defence was certainly an area that required immediate attention from Rodgers during the current transfer window, the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona has left him with a large void to fill in attack.

It would be foolish to suggest that Remy is capable of fully replicating the Uruguayan's dazzling form, but there is no doubt that he has the ability necessary to score goals on a regular basis at the highest level.

Although powerless to prevent QPR's relegation to the Championship two years ago, the former Marseille man enjoyed a hugely prosperous loan stint at Newcastle last season, where he notched 14 goals in 26 games as undeniably the mid-table Toon's most consistent and important performer.

Origi, meanwhile, is slightly more of an unknown quantity to those outside of French football. Still just 19, the versatile striker proved somewhat of a revelation for Belgium in Brazil and looks to have pace and skill in abundance.

Another year to hone his skills at Stade Pierre-Mauroy could be just what he needs to prepare for the rigours of English football.

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