Liverpool have reportedly taken a lead in signing Lille forward Divock Origi this summer, according to the Mirror.
The Belgium international has been linked with a move to north London, with both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur believed to be in the frame for his signature. West Ham United are also rumoured to be expressed their interest in the forward.
The report claims both Tottenham and West Ham made an approach for Origi and assured him of a place in their starting XI next season. However, the 19-year-old is set to reject a chance to make a switch to the Capital as he has set his sights on featuring in the Champions League next season.
The Reds are set to beat the London clubs and are closing in on bringing Origi to Anfield in the summer transfer window. The Merseyside club have already agreed terms with Lille for the transfer of their player as the French side accepted Liverpool's £9.8m bid.
Earlier it was reported that Brendan Rodgers's side would loan him back to Lille after the completion of the transfer. However, the situation has now changed with Luis Suarez's future being uncertain at Anfield as Barcelona have made the Uruguayan striker as a top transfer target.
Should the former Ajax man leave Liverpool in the summer transfer window, a move for Origi will see the Belgium forward remain at Anfiled next season.
Meanwhile, Origi's national teammate and Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen has suggested the teenager is as good as Manchester United's young talent Adnan Januzaj. The Belgium defender claims his compatriot has the potential to play for a top Premier League team.
"Januzaj is someone a bit like Origi, there's no pressure and he plays like he's on the street," Vertonghen said.
"Origi has the qualities to play for a good team in the Premier League and I think he shows it every game. He has come on in every game, and he's changed games for us."
"He has the qualities to go to a bigger league, but obviously with Lille playing in the Champions League we'll see," he added.