Liverpool are edging towards signing Southampton defender Dejan Lovren and Lille forward Divock Origi this summer, according to BBC.

The Merseyside club had already placed a £20m bid for the Croatian international, which has been rejected by Southampton. However, the Saints centre-back has publicly expressed his desire to join the Reds after admitting that his "head is already at Liverpool."

Lovren signed for the south-coast club last summer from Lyon. Before his move to St Mary's Stadium, Brendan Rodgers was keen on landing him as a replacement for Jamie Carragher. However, Liverpool's deal did not take shape as he joined Southampton.

The 25-year-old has informed his current employers that he wants to leave the club in the ongoing transfer window, with Anfield his next destination. Despite Liverpool's bid for Lovren being rejected by Southampton two weeks ago, the Reds are still hoping to complete the defender's signing.

Liverpool's pursuit of Lovren is gathering fresh momentum as Rodgers has informed the club chiefs to secure a deal for the Croatian defender. The Reds centre-back Daniel Agger has hinted that he could leave Anfield this summer.

Should the Danish international leave Liverpool, the signing of Lovren would see him replace Agger in Liverpool's squad.

Liverpool are in the US for the pre-season tour and the report from BBC claims that Anfield could have already agreed a £10m deal for Origi. The Belgium international is set to fly out to complete his medical in the coming days.

The 19-year-old had an impressive campaign with Belgium during the World Cup in Brazil. Origi even managed to get his name on the score sheet during his national side's narrow 1-0 victory over Russia.

The deal would see Origi going back to Lille on a season-long loan as Rodgers believes it will help the forward to develop with his current employers.