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LIVERPOOL have trumped Arsenal and Tottenham after agreeing a fee for Belgium and Lille star Divock Origi as they close in on Southampton captain Adam Lallana.
Le Parisien's Julien Laurens claims that Brendan Rodgers has struck a deal for the youngster, and that he will be immediately loaned back to the French side for the next season.
Origi has been in top form for Belgium in their World Cup campaign, outshining Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in the process, and will link up with Rodgers in time for the 2015/16 season.
Despite only finding the net five times for Lille in the last campaign, Origi is considered to be one for the future, and has been backed by Belgium boss Marc Wilmots to develop into a world-class striker.
The Anfield side will pay around £6million for his services as he becomes their third signing of the summer, following Southampton's Rickie Lambert and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can.
The trio could soon be joined by Lallana, who is having a medical on Merseyside after the Saints accepted a £25million bid, and Kop fans are sure to be delighted by their side's early transfer activity.