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Liverpool "Lead the Chase" for Transfer of Talented Belgium Striker

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While most of the transfer focus has been on Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana at the World Cup, Liverpool are reportedly closest to landing the signature of 19 year old Belgium striker Divock Origi.

Jamie Squire

World Cup viewing has been mandatory for most of the last few weeks, with a number of classic matches, plenty of Liverpool players in action, and absolutely no controversies at all nope none here thanks. There's also the potential transfer targets to keep an eye on; Adam Lallana didn't have much to do for England other than a few substitute appearances and a start in their dead-rubber draw against Costa Rica, while Xherdan Shaqiri scored a hat-trick for Switzerland in their 3-0 win today over Honduras.

You probably haven't been watching Divock Origi with a transfer in mind, but as it turns out, you--read: all of us--should have been, as Liverpool are reportedly close to landing a deal for the 19 year old. From Tony Barrett at the Times tonight:

So that's a fun, sort of out-of-nowhere potential deal. Origi had been linked with Liverpool a few months back, but--at least on my end--it didn't really register as something worth paying a whole lot of attention to. He scored 5 goals for Lille primarily coming off the bench, and if reports hold true, he'll have a chance to continue scoring goals for the French side even after his transfer to Liverpool, with the club set to loan him back next season. He scored the winner for Belgium in his second substitute appearance of the World Cup against Russia, and should be in line to feature again tomorrow when they take on South Korea.

Conor had this to say:

Fast but not a burner, fairly strong, plays with his head up, looks to involve teammates but can finish well, almost entirely projection right now and will need loans to get games so he can develop.

Neat! The video has this to say: