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Liverpool favourites to sign Origi

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Liverpool are firm favourites to sign forward Divock Origi, his father Mike has told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.

Origi met manager Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside earlier this month after Liverpool agreed an initial fee with Lille of £6 million, which could rise to £9.5 million with various add-ons.

Origi said after that meeting that he wanted more time to consider his future, but has now indicated that he wants to join Livepool, and sources have told ESPN FC that the transfer could go through within days.

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The 19-year-old, who helped Belgium reach the quarter-finals at this summer's World Cup, would be loaned back to Lille for the coming season as part of the deal.

Origi's father Mike, a former Kenya international who played club football in Belgium for Genk, accompanied his son for those talks on Merseyside earlier this month.

Although Tottenham have also been linked with a move for the teenager, Origi Sr thinks Liverpool will see through the transfer.

He told Het Nieuwsblad: "The deal isn't done yet. Liverpool is still the most concrete option.

"There's another team showing interest. We want to take a decision soon. On Monday, Divock is expected back at Lille for their first training session. We would like to have everything wrapped before that day."

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