Liverpool transfer news, medical for Markovic, Reds open to Lucas leaving

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

Liverpool are getting ever closer to completing their fourth signing of the summer it seems, with reports suggesting Lazar Markovic is due to have a medical on Merseyside on either Thursday or Friday of this week, as the club looks to finalise a move for the Serbian from Benfica. 

Following on from reported interest from Serie A yesterday, the Liverpool Echo has reported that Liverpool are willing to offload midfielder Lucas Leiva, saying that despite no offers made for the Brazilian midfielder just yet, the 27-year-old's future remains uncertain.

It is believed that Napoli would like to sign Lucas on a season-long loan, but that's something the Reds aren't keen on.

The Echo also reports that Pepe Reina remains available for transfer after a season-long loan at Napoli. The Spaniard is due to return to the club this month. 

The Reds are said to be keen to offload Reina and his large wages and bring in another young goalkeeper as competition for Simon Mignolet.

For much of the duration of the World Cup in Brazil, Liverpool have been reportedly close to landing Belgium forward Divock Origi from Lille, for a fee close to £10 million.

However, The Times are reporting that Premier League rivals Tottenham are trying to make a last-ditch attempt to lure the 19-year-old to White Hart Lane. 

Away from transfers, and Liverpool's England contingent will join up with the Reds for their pre-season tour of the USA after being granted extra time off following their participation in the World Cup according to the Liverpool Echo.

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge along with new signings from Southampton Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana will link up with the tour from the start, along with Pepe Reina and Kolo Toure. 

Mamadou Sakho, Simon Mignolet and Sebastian Coates are expected to link up with the team later, given their nation's participation in the knock-out stages. 

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