Agreement to bring Divock Origi back this month is close

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Strikers are badly needed.

According to the Liverpool Echo a deal to bring Divock Origi back to Anfield from Lille this month is close to being agreed.

When we signed the 19-year-old from the Ligue 1 club over the summer for £10m, part of the transfer was that he would return to France on-loan until the summer of 2015.

However, with fellow new signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert having struggled, Fabio Borini below par and Daniel Sturridge having been perennially injured, support in attack is needed.

It therefore seems madness that we have one of the most promising young strikers in Europe on our books and yet are unable to field him in a Reds shirt.

Unfortunately breaking the deal with Lille and bringing Origi to Merseyside early means we’ll reportedly have to pay a further £3m to the French club, but if he improves things upfront this relatively small outlay will be worth it.

Not that the Belgium international has been in great form in France though, failing to score since October and actually being booed by Lille fans after missing a penalty against Wolfsburg.

Yet Origi is desperate to link up with his new teammates in England and a switch to the Premier League could well give the teenager the kick-start that is needed.

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