Divock Origi set for White Hart Lane move…
Mauricio Pochettino could make Divock Origi his first signing as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, with the Daily Mail suggesting the 19-year-old striker could be available for around £8 million.
Origi, who currently plays for French side Lille, scored the only goal in Belgium’s 1-0 World Cup win over Russia on Sunday. The strike makes him the first teenager to score at the tournament since Lionel Messi netted for Argentina in 2006.
The youngster scored five times in 30 first-team appearances for his club last term, having being promoted from Lille’s youth set up mid-way through the 2012-13 season. He also hit ten goals in 19 appearances for the Belgian under-19 side last year, and his form inspired national coach Mark Wilmots to take a chance on him.
He replaced Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku during both of Belgium’s opening two World Cup matches – helping his side turnaround a one goal deficit to beat Algeria 2-1, before grabbing the winner against the Russians with a coolly taken finish.
The Mail reports that the striker has been scouted by both Arsenal and Liverpool in the past year, with Spurs ready to steal a march on their rivals with a £5m opening bid. However, Lille are likely to hold out for a higher price, with their young starlet having helped them to third place in their domestic league last season.
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