The Daily Mail claims Lille are unwilling to change the terms of Divock Origi’s loan agreement, which would see the young striker heading back to Liverpool early.
Reports this morning have suggested that the Reds would be willing to pay an additional fee to Lille, on top of the £10 million they paid for the transfer, to make sure they get their man but it appears to be dependent on some give from the French side.
“Lille, however, have given no indication that they would be willing to re-jig the original terms of the deal and hand Origi to Liverpool early, even if the 19-year-old has admitted he would be happy to move in January,” reports the Mail.
Daniel Sturridge’s injury has demonstrated the issues Brendan Rodgers has attack with not one of Fabio Borini, Mario Balotelli or Rickie Lambert able to step up and dominate the Reds attack in the same fashion as the England international.
There is merit in trying to bring Origi back early but Lille can’t be blamed for sticking to their guns and wanting the Merseysiders to stick to their original loan agreement.
Liverpool appear to be trying to sweeten the deal but that doesn’t make it any easier for the French side to find a replacement for Origi to come into the team over the second half of the season.
They will argue that Liverpool made a commitment when they loaned Origi back to them and it doesn’t appear that they’re ready to budge on that stance.