The day after French daily L’Equipe claimed Liverpool could fork out more money to Lille to accelerate Divock Origi to bring the Belgium forward to Anfield now, that suggestion has been shelved by Lille director Jean-Michel Vandamme.
To recap, 19-year-old Origi became a household name when he started in attack instead of Romelu Lukaku at the 2014 World Cup, and, after impressing in Brazil, Liverpool moved to sign the teenage attacker.
The Reds signed Origi from Lille for £10m, however the striker was allowed to remain on loan in France for the season.
Liverpool have since struggled to score goals in the Premier League, and French daily L’Equipe are now reporting that Origi is to move to Anfield sooner than expected.
With Liverpool forced to fork out another €4 million, Brendan Rodgers was tipped to recall the striker before the end of the winter window.
Those rumours, however, have now been shelved by Lille director Jean-Michel Vandamme, who has told Sky Sports Italia’s Guglielmo Cannavale that not only would Liverpool actually have to pay €6m to bring Origi to Anfield now, but also he believes the deal will not happen.
Stepping back, one has to wonder whether paying more money for Origi is really a wise idea by Liverpool, with the striker having scored just 3 goals in 16 Ligue 1 games this season.
— Guglielmo Cannavale (@GugliCannavale) January 4, 2015